The writing requirement for the course counts for 20% of the final grade. The paper is to be on some form of public policy. The paper must be submitted through the course drop-box by May 2. Students may submit the paper earlier than scheduled. I will also be happy to read rough drafts and offer suggestions.
Potential term paper topics:
minimum wage legislation
fiscal policy
monetary policy
labor policy
agricultural policy
international trade policy
anti-trust legislation and policy
World Bank
International Monetary Fund
Correction of externalities
Social Security changes and policy
Food Stamp program
Affordable Care Act– potential benefits and costs
Recycling and landfill policies
Legalization of marijuana
Trade wars and the impact of tariffs and quotas
Public Health Policy (Covid 19)
You may also choose another topic for your public policy paper. Please clear your topic with me if you select a topic that is not on the above list.
Expectations for the paper:
I want students to learn more about a public policy issue.
Students may use the APA or MLA format for the paper.
All sources must be cited.
A minimum of 3 sources should be used.
The paper should be between 1200-2000 words.
Include the benefits and costs of the public policy.
A review of the history of the policy policy should be included.
Discuss controversies with the policy.
Include possible future issues with the policy.
The paper is to be typed, double-spaced, and include a complete bibliography.
The paper should be submitted through the course drop-box in a PDF file.
Note: This course uses Turnitin to check for originality. Remember to credit all sources.

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