ECONOMICS 339 Essay Assignment Project
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ECONOMICS 339 Essay Assignment Project
Your paper should summarize 3-4 related papers on a topic in the economics of the family. In your summary, you should consider the following:
- i) What is the issue/question addressed in the paper?
- ii) Why is this issue/question interesting and/or important?
iii) Who are the decision makers?
- iv) What are the constraints facing the decision makers?
- v) What does this paper (claim to) add to the previous literature?
- vi) Does the approach taken in the paper(s) seem reasonable to you? Why or why not?
You can look at works of fiction through a family lens – see topic (9) below.
This gives you a broad scope. The topics listed below are all eligible topics, and you are welcome to consider other topics as well. If you have difficulty finding papers on a topic, consult with me.
The timeline for papers is below.
The final version of the paper must be typed in 12-point (conventional) font, double-spaced throughout, with appropriate margins; the paper should be 10-12 pages long, excluding references and title page. The title page should contain your name, student number, course, and date.
Potentially Useful Journals:
- American Economics Association journals: http://www.aeaweb.org/articles_search.php
- Canadian Journal of Economics: http://economics.ca/cje/en/online.php
- Canadian Public Policy: http://economics.ca/cpp/en/archive.php
- Review of Economics of the Household: http://www.springerlink.com/content/v0r562765672/
- Feminist Economics: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713700748~db=all
Also: the NBER working papers may be useful: http://www.nber.org/papers.html
as may be the IDEAS website: http://ideas.repec.org/.
NOTE: You may need to be logged in to your university account to access some of these links.
Timeline for essays Marks for this component
Notify me that you will write an essay: by February 2nd 1%
Topic finalized by February 19th 1%
Information handed in by beginning of class
At least 2 preferences identified.
First draft of paper due by March 19th 6%
Peer review of other paper due March 26th * 2%
Final draft of paper due by 2:30pm on April 5th 15%
Total marks: 25%
SOME POSSIBLE TOPICS
The following list of topics and questions is meant to start you thinking about issues; it is not meant to be exhaustive. Good starting points for sources for references for any topic are
- i) ECON journals like Canadian Public Policy , Review of Economics of the Household , Journal of Economic Perspectives,
- ii) websites like IDEAS
iii) news magazines like The Economist
Wherever possible, emphasis should be on Canadian experience and relatively recent papers and data.
1) Labour market discrimination:
Review the evidence on discrimination by gender. To what extent and in what ways has the situation improved in the last 20 years? What is the role of social policies such as affirmative action? Do you think the #MeToo movement will have a lasting effect? Why or why not?
Notice that any discrimination by gender may be confounded by other types of discrimination – for example, by race, religion, or social class. You might want to investigate this.
2) Parental leave policies:
What are the economic arguments for and against extended leave for new parents? Compare the Canadian policy with that in the US and one other country.
3) Daycare programs:
Should the government be subsidizing child care at all? What are the solid economic arguments for and against subsidizing public day care rather than paying parents to stay home with the child(ren)? What conclusions should we draw from the Quebec experience? What is being proposed in BC (I believe the provincial budget will be presented in mid-February).
4) Divorce and child support:
What is the purpose of child support? How do we determine the correct level? What mechanisms are used in different jurisdictions? Why has enforcing child support become such a target of social policy?
5) Economic wellbeing (money and time) of children:
Has this increased or decreased over the past two decades? How is a child’s wellbeing affected by the socioeconomic status of the families in which they are raised? How important are income, family stability, parents’ work patterns, the biological ties between parent(s) and child(ren)?
6) Volunteer activities:
What has been the effect on volunteer work of the change in the participation of women in the labour market? What are the economic consequences of this? What are the implications of making (mostly male) monetary contributions to charity tax deductible, while time contributions (most from females) are not?
7) Pricing non-market labour:
What are the common ways of pricing this work? What are the pros and cons of each method?
8) Caring labour
Is “caring labour” fundamentally different from standard market labour? How does this affect the wage rate for caring labour?
9) Families in fiction:
Many utopian (and dystopian) novels have well-developed but not necessarily explicit descriptions of the economic roles of families. Describe and compare the depictions in two novels (chosen upon consultation!) Think, for example, of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, or novels by Ursula LeGuin.
Novels by Charles Dickens or Jane Austin would also be appropriate.
Alternatively, you could choose movies or television shows.
10) Families and economic development:
How does the economic role of the family differ in countries at different stages of development? How does the form of international aid affect family roles? What is the impact of migration on families? How does the fall in the Canadian dollar affect immigrants who send money back to families in the home country?
11) Economics of polygamy:
Papers by Bergstrom, Becker
12) Sex preferences: papers by Edlund
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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