The paper should be structured as follows: a. A first section that introduces a


The paper should be structured as follows:
a. A first section that introduces and provides background information on the
specific reform(s).
b. A second section that analyzes the reform(s). Appropriate economic theory,
economic concepts, and methods are applied as part of the analysis.
The analysis
may address questions such as:
i. What does economic theory predict regarding the reform?
ii. What relevant economic concepts help justify the reform or question its
legitimacy?
iii. What does data and/or analysis from relevant research indicate about the
reform?
iv. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the reform(s)?
c. A third section that provides a recommendation regarding the reform(s). The
recommendations need to be relevant, feasible, high quality, consider limitations,
and be based on a solid theoretical foundation. The recommendations may address
questions such as:
i. Does economic theory as a whole support or not support the reform(s)?
ii. Are there any historical and political realities regarding whether the
reform(s) will be accepted?
iii. Are there unintended consequences to consider regarding the reform(s)?
iv. Who may oppose the recommendations and why?
v. Does relevant, high-quality evidence suggest that the reform(s) are a net
benefit to the U.S.?
d. A brief conclusion that summarizes the paper.
3. Papers should conform to and follow APA 7th Edition style and formatting guidelines.
The only guideline students should skip is the inclusion of an abstract. To be clear, the
paper should not have an abstract. Please follow all of the other guidelines. See
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ for information on APA style and
formatting guidelines. The font must be Times New Roman size 12. The expected
length of the body of the paper is 2,500-3,000 words. This is more than enough room
for students who are concise and choose a topic that is not too wide or too narrow.
4. Students should not simply give their opinion. Research should be carefully conducted to
back up statements in all sections of their paper with resources that are cited and
referenced using APA 7th edition style.
a. Papers should have at least ten outside sources (i.e. sources that are not in the
course textbook or course notes), which should be formatted according to APA 7th
edition style.
i. At least four of the sources should be cited within the analysis section of
the paper.
ii. At least four of the sources should be cited within the recommendations
section of the paper.
iii. To be clear, each student’s paper must have at least ten separate sources
and each of the ten separate sources must be cited in the body of the paper
and referenced in a list at the end of the paper. The course textbook and
course notes do not count toward the ten sources. It is not enough to put
ten sources into a reference list at the end of the paper and never cite the
sources within the body of the paper. The ten sources need to be actively
included in the body of the paper.
iv. Students are expected to cite and reference everything. Outside of
commonly accepted knowledge, everything in a student’s paper must be
cited and referenced.


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