ECN 5450 Term Paper
Minimum 8 pages
Topic: choose one from the following:
Social Security, Distribution of Income, Progressive Taxation, Health-Care, etc.
PUBLIC FINANCE TOPICAL RESEARCH PAPER
The structure of the Public Finance Topical Research Paper is outlined below:
I. Summary Analysis
The student will summarize the major points of the topic. (1-2 pgs.)
II. Historical Development
The student will outline the historical development of the general topic, e.g., early history and development of Social Security, etc. (1-2 pgs,)
III. Topic Analysis
Each student will select a sub-topic contained within the topic and research/analyze it. The student is to use his/her research skills to identify advantages, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities for the identified public policy. (3-4 ppgs.)
IV. Importance of Topic
The student will describe the importance and enduring legacy of the selected topic within the discipline of public finance. (1-2 pgs.)
Note: Footnotes/endnotes (at least 10) and a bibliography must be part of your research paper.
They are not, however, counted as part of the paper. Students who are uncertain about
writing a research paper should consult the classic work,The Modern Researcher, by
Jacques Barzun and Henry F. Graff.Sixth Edition, 2004.