1. Take a position. You must have a clear message. This is your theme. 2. Your position must be based on reasoned argument and evidence. Explain carefully. 3. Introduction – – only one or two paragraphs & definitely not more than a page. State the research question and why it is interesting. Say how you will answer it and what your answer will be 4. There should be a cover page with your name, title of the essay, date, course number and the name of the university. 5. Use the Author/Date method of citing references in the body and footnotes of your paper. (See the course outline for details on this.) 6. At least 6 high quality articles or books need to be referenced. These can be published by academic journals, academic publishers, think tanks, central banks, international financial institutions (e.g. IMF, World Bank, BIS), or other reputable institutions. Articles in magazines, or newspapers do not normally count towards this total, but can be used as references. For topics about very recent issues, where little academic research has yet been done, serious full-length articles from high quality newspapers or magazines (e.g. Financial Times, The Economist, Wall Street Journal) can count towards the goal of 6 high quality publications. 7. Finish your first draft at least 10 days before the deadline. Edit the essay at least once. (Ideally you should edit twice.) Edit for grammar, spelling, style, and content. 8. Grammar, spelling, and style matter. The goal here is to write the way you would if asked to prepare a position paper of this length for your boss, assuming you get a job as an economist working for a government department, large private sector employer, or the equivalent. 9. Bibliography – – should be headed References. Entries should be in alphabetical order according to the authors last name. If you use something from the internet, you need to give author, date, title, publisher just as you would for an ordinary book or article, unless what you have found is simply a website. If it is a website, rather than an article or paper, report the name of the organization, give the url, and say what date you accessed the website. (See the course outline for details on formatting all references.) 10. Paragraphs: there should be about two paragraphs per page. A paragraph that is 2/3 of a page or more can almost always be broken into two or more shorter paragraphs. 11. Page numbers: none on the cover; first page of text is page 1. 12. Footnotes can be used to provide short explanations that would interrupt the flow if included in the body. Do not use them simply to provide references. References should be provided in the text using the author-date style. 13. Numbers: spell them out if they are less than 10. Use numerals for 10 or above.
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