Cover economic issues for your next research paper

The good news about finding topics for research papers on economic issues is that there are thousands of possible topics. The bad news about writing a research paper on economics is that there are thousands of possible research paper topics.

Consider economic issues as your next research topic. (Credit: The Institute)

Consider economic issues as your next research topic. (Credit: The Institute)

You could cover economics news, the USA economy, the world economy, economic theories, and the list goes on. Let’s take a look at how you can tackle the job of writing your next economics research paper.

Economics step one

Start your research at Questia where you’ll find millions of full-text books, articles, journal articles, newspapers, magazines and encyclopedias to help you ace your research papers and exams. But that’s not all you’ll find at Questia.

Be sure to check out the tutorials on how to research, write and cite your paper. You’ll be amazed at how easy it can be to complete your assignments on time when you have the right tools for the job.

While at Questia, be sure to try out these keyword searches on economics:

  • income inequality
  • monetary policy
  • business cycles
  • personal finance

Or you could click on the “Library” link and then go to the section on “Economics and Business” where you can delve into:

  • economists
  • economic conditions
  • financial markets
  • international trade

A search within “National and Regional Economies” will take you to information on the Chinese economy, Pacific Rim, the Indian economy and much more. Whatever the focus of your economics research paper, Questia can get you there.

Economics blogs

If you want to know the latest developments in economics issues and economic theories, then be sure to check out the many blogs that focus on economics. You’ll also find that there are plenty of blogs that are written by economics professors. Their approach to the subject may be a big help to you in studying for your courses.

A list of economics blogs includes:

  • Paul Krugman of the New York Times
  • Felix Salmon of Reuters
  • Megan McArdle of The Atlantic
  • Marginal Revolution
  • Freakonomics
  • Greg Mankiw’s Blog
  • Aplia Econ Blog: News for Econ Students

If you watch much news on television then you‘ve probably seen Paul Krugman at some point. He is very good at explaining economic issues in a way that’s easy to understand. An example can be seen in his November 13, 2014, post for the NewYorkTimes.com, “Why the One Percent Hates Obama.”

“According to CBO, the effective tax rate on the one percent — reflecting the end of the Bush tax cuts at the top end, plus additional taxes associated with Obamacare — is now back to pre-Reagan levels. You could argue that we should have raised taxes at the top much more, to lean against the widening of market inequality, and I would agree,” Krugman stated.

More resources on economics

Links to resources on economic issues:

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) [www.bls.gov]: the Students area of the BLS website is written for students in middle school and high school but you may find it helpful in giving you a basic understanding of the economy.
  • Khan Academy: Here you’ll find video tutorials on GDP, income inequality and more complete with pictures and calculations.
  • CIA Factbook on World Economies [https://www.cia.gov]: the Factbook has information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis [www.bea.gov]: this site has links to statistics on consumer spending, corporate profits, gross domestic product, personal income and much more.
  • The Federal Reserve [www.federalreserve.gov]: The Federal Reserve is our nation’s central bank. At this site you’ll find a link to education resources that include slide shows, videos and free publications.
  • American Factfinder [factfinder2.census.gov]: you can search for facts about population, income and more by entering your state, county, city or zip code.
  • US Census Bureau [www.census.gov]: quick, easy access to facts about people, business and geography.
  • American Economic Association (AEA)[rfe.org]: be sure to check out the resources link.

You can read all about economics and business topics at Questia.

What do you think is the most urgent economic topic in the news? Tell us in your comments.

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