Questia Reading Room: Following the footsteps of entrepreneurs

Many of us dream of running our own company one day and are just beginning to learn the steps to get there. Interested in learning more about past and current entrepreneurs, the history of entrepreneurship and what you should know when starting a business?

Find out how to follow in the footsteps of entrepreneurs. (Credit: Awesome AJ)

Find out how to follow in the footsteps of entrepreneurs. (Credit: Awesome AJ)

You’re bound to find some very useful information in this set of FREE books for the next month! Read more

America’s debt crisis and the fall of the middle class for your research paper

On Sunday, June 5, 2016, viewers of the HBO television show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver saw the comedian forgive $15 million in medical expenses debt that his company had acquired from creditors. His grandiose stunt was the high point on a commentary about America’s debt crisis.

Don't turn your loans into debt disasters. (Credit: US News Money)

Don’t turn your loans into debt disasters. (Credit: US News Money)

How much debt is America in? About 1.5 million households filed bankruptcy in the last year, making bankruptcy as common as college graduation and divorce. America’s debt crisis is a topic crying out for an in-depth research paper. Read more

Research paper topics: Life expectancy affected by income inequality and regional location

Using more than a billion Social Security and tax records, Stanford professor of economics Raj Chetty and his team supported a previously discovered correlation: the wealthy live longer than the poor. But they also found another startling factor they can’t yet explain: regional location has an impact on life expectancy as well.

Joggers in Central Park, New York, NY, one of the cities where lower income earners have the highest life expectancy. (Credit: Patrick Gruban)

Joggers in Central Park, New York, NY, one of the cities where lower income earners have the highest life expectancy. (Credit: Patrick Gruban)

While Chetty offered the possibility that life expectancy is higher in more prosperous communities, where regional government regulates health behaviors, such as smoking bans, more research will be needed to isolate the causes. If you are looking for research paper topics in economics or health studies, consider taking a look at this latest study and other ideas related to income inequality. Read more

Topic ideas for schools of economics

When politicians and news pundits talk about the economy, it can sometimes be difficult to tell if they actually have the background to understand the types of promises or predictions they make. If you’re a student in economics and need to come up with a term paper based on schools of economics, you could consider pulling topics from the news and analyzing the statements through the lens of Keynesian economics, Reaganomics (sometimes called trickledown economics), or feminist economics.

Find out more about the many economics topics you can discuss in your research paper. (Credit: UWStout.edu)

Find out more about the many economics topics you can discuss in your research paper. (Credit: UWStout.edu)

Consider which school of economics best matches your own ideas—or most contrasts them—and take a look at the range of topics you can research on Questia. Read more

Panama Papers and income inequality as your economics research topic

Details are still trickling out about the leaked documents from Mossack Fonseca. Known as the Panama Papers, the 2.6 terabytes of data reveal a trove of information about tax havens and money laundering perpetrated by some of the world’s wealthiest citizens.

Find out more about the leaked Panama Papers here. (Credit: BBC)

Find out more about the leaked Panama Papers here. (Credit: BBC)

Not only does this recent event provide multiple research paper topics in terms of tax evasion and other economic issues, it also shines a light on income inequality. Read more

U.S., Cuba relations as your political science research topic

President Obama and his family have made a historic trip to Cuba. It’s the first visit by a sitting U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge. Despite President Obama’s efforts to improve U.S.-Cuba relations, the American embargo is still in place and the island nation’s record on human rights violations continues to be a significant issue.

Cuba President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama meet. (Credit: Mandel Nga—AFP/Getty Images)

Cuba President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama meet. (Credit: Mandel Nga—AFP/Getty Images)

Both areas offer many research paper topics to consider for classes in political science, economics, history and more. Read more

Where to Invade Next highlights economics research topics

In the new Michael Moore documentary, Where to Invade Next, the controversial filmmaker examines key differences between economics in the U.S. and other countries, especially in Europe. Many Americans who believe in U.S. superiority may be surprised by the film.

Compare economics of the U.S. and other countries for your research paper. (Credit: The Commonwealth Fund)

Compare economics of the U.S. and other countries for your research paper. (Credit: The Commonwealth Fund)

Our theory of American Exceptionalism leads us to assume that U.S. economics policies are best because they are based on freedom and the strength of the individual. Other countries, however, trend toward a more universal approach to governance and social management. This difference of views would make for an enlightening research paper. Read more

Democratic Socialism and other economics systems for your research paper

On March 9, 2016, Bernie Sanders was declared the Democratic Party winner of the Michigan Primary. The win came as a surprise to most observers who have long cast Hillary Clinton as the foregone Democratic candidate for President. Because of his adherence to Democratic Socialism, even staunch Democrats think that a Sanders win would be unlikely in November.

Find out more about what Democratic Socialism is. (Credit: Bernie Sanders Video)

Find out more about what Democratic Socialism is. (Credit: Bernie Sanders Video)

For his part, Donald Trump relishes the idea of a race against a “communist/socialist maniac.” Clearly, exposing the truth about Democratic Socialism and economic systems would be a very informative research paper. Read more

Zika virus, microcephaly and Guillain-Barre as medical research topics

For issues of diseases and disorders, there are interesting research paper topics on the current outbreak of the Zika virus. Zika is transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. So far, the virus is affecting people in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Find out more about the Zika virus. (Credit: James Gathany, CDC)

Find out more about the Zika virus. (Credit: James Gathany, CDC)

Zika virus symptoms are flu-like: fever, joint pain, a rash and conjunctivitis of the eyes, and lasting about a week. However it has also been linked to the birth defect microcephaly and the rare Guillain-Barre syndrome. Read more

International economics and the TPP: Research topics

Students of economics know that it is the study of supply and demand. A key feature is the fact of scarcity. Research paper topics can cover a wide range from the history of economics to money, the economy and financial markets. International economics is especially rife with good topics.

The TPP makes for a good international economics topic. (Credit: U.S. Census Bureau)

The TPP makes for a good international economics topic. (Credit: U.S. Census Bureau)

One such topic is the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), an agreement between 12 Pacific nations that, if passed, would have far-reaching effects on job growth, food safety, healthcare and more. Now more than ever, it’s important to consider a research paper on international economics issues. Read more