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ECON 370: Industrial Organization: Group Project

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Group Project Description

Students will write a group paper and present the paper to the class. The paper should bring
economic analysis to bear on a real problem faced by an industry. Possible topic sources include,
but are not limited to, articles appearing in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Fortune,
Business Week
, or similar publications. Papers should include data analysis.

•    Papers must be at least 10 pages typed (double-spaced), including bibliography, tables, charts,
•    Papers must follow a consistent style, and adhere to all rules concerning proper credit for the
words or ideas of others
. Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and
Dissertations, 6th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996) and William Strunk, Jr and E.
B. White, The Elements of Style, 3rd ed. (New York: Macmillan, 1979) are recommended.
•    Each group will present their findings in class, followed by a discussion by other students. Papers should be presented professionally.
•    Each student on the team needs to be a part of the presentation.
•   The assignments are to be completed by the group and the group will receive a single grade
shared by all members of that group unless group members inform me otherwise.

Research tips:

  • Let the databases guide your search: you can pick a particular economic topic and search for it in Business Economics and Theory, then see what comes up. That way, when you pick a topic off of the list you already have a source!
  • Remember to use your textbook as well as outside sources for your economic analysis.
  • Once you come up with a solution to the problem, look for articles that oppose your solution. That information is useful in creating a fully rounded presentation.
  • Don't be discouraged if your first search doesn't turn up the articles you want: research is messy! Keep digging.

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