Issues in Microeconomics

Issues in Microeconomics

For issues in microeconomics you will write a term paper following in the instructions below. Your paper must be your original work for this class. It will be submitted to Turnitin to check for plagiarism and excessing quoting.
Select a topic from the following list of current issues in microeconomics. Research the different sides on the issue through the use of the Internet and UMUC Library Resources. Your paper should include the following information:
1. A brief description of the issue and why it is of consequence to economics.
2. The positions taken by those publicly addressing the issue and the main points behind their position.
3. Your analysis of the economic impacts involved in the issue based on the material covered in this course.
4. Your conclusion on the issue supported with economic reasoning and any non-economic factors�you believe should be considered. You must include your favored position, not just a summary of opposing positions.
You should have a minimum of three sources for your paper. The topics below all have two or more positions, with proponents for each. Try to find resources espousing contrasting opinions and analyze them in your paper. As noted above, you need to take a position yourself and explain why you took it.
Topics for the Paper:
Choose your topic from one of the following areas. Submit your choice to the instructor for approval by the end of Week 2 of the course.
1. Regulation of Monopolies. Choose a current merger proposal that is in the news. �Consider whether the U.S. Government should allow the merger. �You may pick from the following proposed mergers or another merger approved by the instructor: �Humana-Aetna (was called off, but you can discuss the reasons why and whether you agree), Dow-DuPont (this one went through, but you can discuss what concessions were made to get approval and whether you agree with them), Bayer-Monsanto, AT&T-Time Warner (currently going to trial).
2. Income Inequality in the U.S. Consider what the U.S. government’s role�should be�in reducing income inequality in the private sector.
3. Taxation. �Should the U.S. replace the current Federal income tax with some form of “flat tax” or other radical restructuring. If so, what should the new tax structure look like?
Length of the Paper:
The Term Paper must be doubled-spaced, in Times New Roman size 12 font with one-inch margins (header and footer may be contained within the margin border), and must be 6 – 8 double-spaced pages in length, NOT COUNTING the title page and bibliography.
Format of the Paper:
The Term Paper must be posted to the LEO Student Assignments as a Attachments are limited to a maximum two files in doc, docx., xls. xlsx., or rtf. formats. OTHER FORMATS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE, will not be reviewed or graded.
Please note that hand-written and scanned works, pdf. files, jpg. files, as well as files posted in google drive, will not be accepted or graded.
The paper should be written in APA style Research Paper format.
Please note that Use of APA Citation Methodology is required for the assignment
All works must be Word processed. Handwritten and scanned work will not be accepted and graded.
Due Date and Grading
The paper is due at the end of Week 7 of the course, by midnight on April 30, 2017. Late papers will be accepted with a penalty of 20 points for each day or partial day late.
This Written Assignment is valued at 14% of your final course grade. The report will be evaluated based on the following three factors:
–30%—-The completeness of the project and understanding of the topic(s) and issue(s) .
–50%—- Analysis, evaluation, research, and recommendations
–20%—-The presentation approach, writing mechanics, APA guidelines
Consult the rubric in the Assignments section of LEO for the grading criteria.
In accordance with the UMUC Academic Policy, notes taken for papers and research projects should accurately record sources of material to be cited, appropriately quoted, paraphrased or summarized, and papers and research projects should acknowledge these sources in the appropriate places in the text of the paper as well as in a reference list at the end of the paper, in accordance with accepted citation practices.�No more than 30% of the text of the paper should be made up of quotes.
The resubmission of research projects from previous classes (whether or not taken at UMUC), partially or in its entirety, is unacceptable, and will result in a grade of zero for the graded exercise

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