In this assignment, you will apply your economics knowledge to explain and interpret a recently published economics article. You will research and select one article published within the past year that discusses an economics issue from a list provided and explain the economics of the article. The article may be obtained from a major business or economics journal, magazine, or newspaper (The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Times, Fortune, etc.). Using your own words as much as possible, explain the main points being made by the article’s author, the economic principles used by the author to support his/her argument, and the implications of the story. To do this, you will be applying some of the key economics concepts you have learned in the course to explain the meaning and relevance of the economics story to individuals, firms, and/or industry.
- To identify key economic issues in real world scenarios affecting individuals, households, and firms.
- To apply the appropriate economic concepts and principles to understand, explain, and interpret the decisions made and actions taken by the main economic agents.
- To evaluate and reflect on the implications of changes in economic conditions on the behavior and decisions of households and firms.
Hutchinson, E. (2017).Principles of microeconomics. University of Victoria.https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/uvicecon103/
Recently published Business/Economic journal articles from Yorkville University Library or other academically credible online source.
Major Topics Covered
- Supply, demand, and equilibrium market price
- Specialization and trade
- Consumer behaviour
- Production in the short and long run periods
- Competitive markets
- Monopoly, cartels, and price discrimination
- Another topic related to microeconomics
Avoid topics related to macroeconomics. These topics include unemployment, inflation, trade policy, national income/GDP, income inequality, poverty, etc.
Good microeconomic topics often focus on decisions of firms (production costs, market supply and demand, competition, etc.) and decisions of individuals (opportunity costs, demand for products, consumer behaviour, etc.
Instructions and Requirements
Your topic must align closely with one of the topics listed above. Papers submitted on topics outside this list will not receive credit.
The Paper comprises the following required elements:
A. Cover Page. On your Cover Page, clearly state the economic topic you will be discussing from the list above and its number. Example, Topic 7: Monopolies, cartels and price discrimination.
- Below the economic topic, state the name of the article, date published, author and publication name. Example, “Public outcry over variable pricing schemes in Canada’s public transportation”, Jeff Hendriks, The Canadian Transporter Magazine, March 10, 2019.
- Include your name, course and date below the article’s name.
B. Content. Your paper should have the following four content sections:
- Introduction and identification of key economic issues and concepts. In this section of the paper, explain in summary the intent of the article and how the author fulfils this objective in the article.
- Clearly identify the main economics topic or issue raised in the article, the article’s title, date of publication, publisher and author.
- Note that the article must have been published within the past year from a reputable source.
- While the author will elaborate the issue, you will identify the key economics concept(s) attendant to it. That is, what economic principles, theories or concepts apply to the article?
- Relevance of the economic issue. In the second section you will focus on explaining the importance of the economic issue(s) cited in the article and its relevance to individuals, firms, and/or government. Most economic issues have implications for consumers, or producers, or to the nation as a whole. Examine and discuss the possible meaning and importance of the issue to these groups.
- Academic explanation of the economic concepts. This is the core section of the paper where you will use economic theory and illustrations (usually graphs) to academically explain the economic principles or theories on which the article is based. At least one explained graph is required in this section.
- You will utilize your knowledge of economics to connect what the author is presenting in his/her article. In other words, use the appropriate economic theory to explain the author’s main point.
- The key to this section is applying your economics knowledge (concepts, graphs, illustrations) to help clarify to readers what the article is saying.
- Conclusion and reflection. Summarize and reflect on what you have learned from reviewing and interpreting the article. How is this knowledge important to you? What other implications can you derive from the article?
Note: Clearly indicate these four content areas above by using them as section headings in the paper. Do not use any additional or different headings.
C. References. Your paper should have a minimum of five credible references listed as sources for this paper.
D. Appendices. If necessary, to show illustrations, tables, diagrams, data, etc.
- This research paper should be submitted as ONE document in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) only, in APA format, and not created with any other software that has to be converted to Word format. Any tables, spreadsheets, graphs, diagrams, etc. should be copied into the Word document.
- The paper should be a maximum of 7 pages double-spaced (not including cover page, table of contents, and references page), using Times New Roman 12pt font, and comply with APA style. Correct use of APA citation and referencing methodology is required. No abstract is required.
- Hand-written and scanned works, pdf. files, jpg. files, as well as files posted in Google drive, will not be accepted or graded.
- Do not copy illustrations, tables, diagrams, etc. to substitute for your written analysis. These elements should be placed in an Appendix area at the end of your paper if necessary.
- Your writing should accurately record sources of material cited, quoted, paraphrased or summarized in the appropriate places as well as in a References list at the end of the paper. Your paper should be checked for plagiarism, with no more than 30% of the content matching similarity with Internet sources.
- The resubmission of papers from previous courses (whether or not taken at Yorkville University), partially or in its entirety, is unacceptable, and will result in a grade of zero for this assignment.
|Activity/Competencies Demonstrated||% of Final Grade|
|Quality of introduction||/10|
|Relevance of the economic issue to the microeconomic agents||/20|
|Academic explanation of the economic concepts relevant to the economic issue(s)||/30|
|Quality of research sources (valid and robust)||/10|
|Quality of conclusion||/10|