News Analysis Report

Find a news article about a microeconomic issue published after Aug 23, 2020 in a reputable newspaper or magazine, like the Financial Times, New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, The Economist, Dollars and Sense.

Your news analysis should contain data, not just pure opinion; for example, the news cant be simply about what some prominent person thinks. You can discuss the data provided by the author; if the author provides no data, you need find some supporting evidence by yourself. The topic can be non-US economies.

1. Make clear reference of the news article at the beginning of your report: author, date, source, etc.

2. AUDIENCE: Write as if writing for the general public as if writing for a blog of an organization for which you were an intern. Students often write for their professors, and so leave out important facts and principles which are exactly what we want you to practice writing about.

3. SUMMARY: What part of the article do you want to comment on? Summarize it briefly.

4. RELATION to MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES: Note any concepts and/or cause-effect relationships in the article that illustrate OR seem to contradict something you learned about the microeconomics in this class. If possible, use equations and/or graphs to discuss such concepts or relationships. Explain any such equations or graphs, and how they relate to the article.

5. CRITIQUE & QUESTIONS: Do the authors claims seem valid, and supported by the evidence offered? What questions/objections about the authors claims do you have? Do you think the author is mistaken? Why? Are you aware of conflicting evidence? Is the logic flawed? Be clear and specific. If you ask questions, what evidence might help you answer them? Be as specific as possible. Or some type of comparative data for the US and other countries?

6. NEW: Whats new or interesting to you in the article? Is the new part convincing?

7. FORMAT: 12-point or 11-point font; 1 inch margin; 1.5 line spacing; 400 – 600 words (apart from
citations). Max 3 pages, counting any diagrams you draw and Works Cited.

8. WORKS CITED: List Works Cited the article itself and any others used; cite the source of any facts, using a standard citation system consistently (not just the URL) Help:; click on Quick Citation Guide (on the right).

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