Economics Issue Paper

Economics Issue Paper :  Please select one of the questions from the link below to write a paper on.  The paper should be two pages double spaced (12 point font).  The paper should be submitted by the due date that the student signed up for.

Possible Economic Issue Questions

 

1) “It [economics] has ended up as an intellectual ploy to distract attention away from the financial and property dynamics that are polarizing our world between debtors and creditors, property owners and renters, while steering politics from democracy to oligarchy…”  –  Michael Hudson   Do you agree or disagree with the author’s perspective on the field of economics? Include evidence to support your position.

 

2)“Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite.” Describe why the economist John Kenneth Galbraith might feel this way about the economic systems of capitalism and communism. Provide evidence to support your position.

 

3)Henry Kravis said: “The trouble, in my opinion, with corporate America today, is that everything is thought of in quarters.” What does he mean by this? How would this situation be described as bad for our country?

4)In the United States during the regular season, high school football teams play their games on Friday nights, college football teams play their games on Saturdays and pro football teams play most of their games on Sunday afternoon. What concept from unit six would describe this? Is this a good or a bad thing for the consumer of football? Why or why not?

5)Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said, “Strong, responsible unions are essential to industrial fair play. Without them the labor bargain is wholly one-sided. The parties to the labor contract must be nearly equal in strength if justice is to be worked out, and this means that the workers must be organized and that their organizations must be recognized by employers as a condition precedent to industrial peace.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why or why not?

7)Herbert Schiller said, “Deregulation has been, above all else, a means of reducing corporate business’s accountability to the public.”   Do you agree or disagree with this statement?  How would such a statement apply to environmental issues?

8)The Dow Jones Industrial Average recently topped 20,000 for the first time. Many people think it is a good time to invest in the stock market.  What argument could be made that maybe it is not a good time to invest in the stock market?  Use information from  outside sources to frame your response.

9)There is a belief that economic statistics used to measure the economy are manipulated by governments.  Do you agree or disagree?  If you agree, then explain what incentives exist to want to make governments deceive their citizens and provide examples of how they do it.

10)On July 18, 2011, Trump appeared on Fox News and stated, “But you know, you do have a problem because half of the people don’t pay any tax.”  Is this an accurate statement?  Describe and provide evidence of why you think so.

11)Leading up to the 2016 presidential election, nearly every Republican candidate supported replacing our current tax code with their own version of a Flat Tax.  Describe what the flat is, and describe reasons why someone might support a flat tax and why someone would oppose it.

12)In Biblical times, a jubilee was a year in which debts were forgiven.  There have been recent calls to cancel debts for everyone. Why? What would be the economic impact of such a decision?  Who would benefit from such a decision and who would suffer?

13)Ron Paul said: “Quantitative easing is just the latest chapter in the Federal Reserve’s hundred-year history of failure. (…) The American people have suffered long enough under a monetary policy controlled by an unaccountable, secretive central bank. It is time to finally audit – and then end – the Fed.”   Do you agree with Ron Paul?   Why or why not?

14)President Trump recently pulled the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty. Read the following links below.  Highlight the reasons given for why pulling out of the TTP was a good idea, bad idea, and what you think after looking at both perspectives.

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