Economics,The first step in creating your proposal is thinking about topics. How can you do this? • Read newspapers – Providence Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post…. • Read magazines – The Economist, The Atlantic, Sports Illustrated….

The first step in creating your proposal is thinking about topics. How can you do this?
• Read newspapers – Providence Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington
Post….
• Read magazines – The Economist, The Atlantic, Sports Illustrated….
• Listen to public radio
o Several Boston stations have great signals. WGBH is 89.7 FM.
• Think about what you enjoy in other courses you are taking. You can use the same topic
for two courses if you get approval from the other professor and let me know, too. You
must have separate papers for the two courses.
• If you are an intern or employee, ask your boss if you can do something for the office.
• If you are thinking about looking for a job in a specific industry or government agency,
look for interesting questions there.
Remember: You will need data that you can put into an Excel worksheet and analyze, and you
will need to use basic economics to analyze the topic. Find your data NOW!
Proposal requirements:
Section 1: Topic Summary
Describe your topic, why it is interesting, and questions you would like to study
Section 2: References/Sources
List of at least five references (articles, books, etc.). See the attached list for some potential
sources. Follow the format in the Citation guide in Resources and linked on the paper
instructions. Do not just give a website!
Note:
 Wikipedia is not an acceptable source on this list – but you can use it to find sources
 Government websites are allowed. Give the full name of the agency and the website.
 You should check the economics literature.

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