Research paper topics: How do political conventions work?

It is official. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will serve as the presidential candidates of their respective political parties. The announcements at the Democratic and Republican conventions came as no surprise since the two were the popular candidates in the polls. But prior to the conventions, there was discussion of a possible contested convention or brokered convention.

Learn more about how political conventions work. (Credit: Northeastern)

Learn more about how political conventions work. (Credit: Northeastern)

If you’re looking for interesting research paper topics, consider looking at how the Democratic National Convention (DNC) or Republican National Convention work, or addressing what the conventions do to make a candidacy official. Read more

Minimum wage research paper topics

As the divide between the very rich and very poor keeps growing and the middle class is shrinking, the living wage movement is encouraging debate on a federal minimum wage increase and states raising the minimum wage.

Learn more about the minimum wage debate. (Credit: Michael Reynolds/EPA/Newscom)

Learn more about the minimum wage debate. (Credit: Michael Reynolds/EPA/Newscom)

Here are some topics for research papers. Read more

Political campaign reform research paper topics

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from July 25 to July 28. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is expected to accept her party’s nomination to run for president this November.

Learn more about election reform for your research paper. (Credit: Ohiodcca.org)

Learn more about election reform for your research paper. (Credit: Ohiodcca.org)

Also at the convention, the Democratic Party will adopt the official Democratic Party Platform that will form the basis for the presidential campaign. So far, the political campaign process has generated more calls for election reform. The changing face of elections could be the focus of your next research paper. Read more

Research paper topics on the vice presidency of the United States

With the 2016 election just four months away, the attention has started to shift to who the vice presidency nominees of the United States will be for each of the presidential candidates.

The vice presidency of the U.S. makes for a good research paper. (Credit: Silent Thunder Models)

The vice presidency of the U.S. makes for a good research paper. (Credit: Silent Thunder Models)

The vice presidency may not be something that many people think about, but the topic is ripe with ideas for a research paper, including the history of the office and what the process is for choosing a running mate. Read more

The impact of Brexit and the global economy as a research topic

Great Britain voted on whether or not to stay a part of the European Union on June 23, 2016. The historic Brexit vote has already had far reaching effects on the global economy.

How do you think Brexit will affect the global economy? (Credit: BFM)

How do you think Brexit will affect the global economy? (Credit: BFM)

Nicknamed “Brexit” for Britain exit, the decision offers a range of research paper topics, from the economic to the political in terms of the vote’s ramifications beyond England and Europe. Read more

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