Economics 310 Bennington: Overview

Ruth Bennington

Overview of Term Paper


            Each student shall write a term of paper applying microeconomic theory to explain some aspect(s) of a specific industry or to analyze the effect(s) of some public policy.


The paper shall be between 1,250 and 1,500 words in length.  It may include graphs, charts or tables, but these materials are not to be included in the word count.  The paper shall be written in APA style. 

A draft, together with copies of all source materials, is due to the instructor (in person) on April 4, 2014, at 8:00 am.  The draft will be returned to the student on April 18, 2014, with the instructor’s comments.  The final version of the paper, with the graded draft attached, is due to the instructor on May 9, 2014, at 8:00 am.  Additionally, each student will submit the final version through TurnItIn on Moodle.


            20 points:  Selection of a topic that meets the requirement of the assignment and has been approved by the instructor.  As we have discussed, the topic needs to be limited by geographic region, demographics, or industry, and should be narrow enough that it can be completely covered in 1,250 – 1,500 words.  Conversely, it needs to be broad enough that it addresses a substantive aspect of the course.

            20 points:  Correct use of grammar, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation, and syntax.  The instructor will not proof-read or edit papers that fail to meet this requirement. 

            50 points:  Analysis of the topic and application of current microeconomic theory.  This includes a clear thesis statement, thorough presentation of the issues and theory, and a conclusion.

            10 points:  Hard copies of all source material attached to the draft paper

            10 points:  Graded draft attached to final paper.  

Source Material:

            At least three sources for the paper must be from reputable, academic quality sources.  In addition to this, students may cite textbooks in support of their work.  All sources must be in English, or translated from the original into English.