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

Oxfam report on income inequality as your research paper topic

The issue of income inequality has been much discussed since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007, but the latest Oxfam report indicates that more of the global economy than ever is in the hands of the wealthiest.

Learn more about income equality. (Credit: CNN)

Learn more about income equality. (Credit: CNN)

With the rich getting richer, the areas to explore in a research paper also increase, as the income gap grows to encompass more and more issues, including health and mortality. Read more

The housing bubble and Wall Street banking for your research paper

Back in late 2008, the economy was hit with the equivalent of a nuclear bomb when the housing bubble finally burst. The bubble was created by investment bankers on Wall Street who traded subprime mortgages without a care as to whether those mortgages would ever be paid.

Find out more on the housing bubble and Wall Street. (Credit: Herald Sun)

Find out more on the housing bubble and Wall Street. (Credit: Herald Sun)

Now the film, The Big Short, starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt unravels the creation of the “too big to fail” banking system that led to the worldwide economic collapse. It’s a compelling subject for any research paper. Read more

PACs vs. public financing for your next research paper

Political action committees, more commonly known as PACs, may date back to 1944, but they have dominated the election news cycle for the past decade.

Learn more about PACs here for your research paper. (Credit: BOMA/Chicago Political Action Committee)

Learn more about PACs here for your research paper. (Credit: BOMA/Chicago Political Action Committee)

Could political campaigns funded by public financing offset the influence of the few wealthy donors giving through PACs and super PACs? That is just one area to explore in a research paper on the topic. Read more