economics research topics

1. A Comparative Analysis of the British and American Legal and Business Environments.

Desc: This study will probe further into the US-Britain relationship in an effort to find similarities and differences between US and UK business and legal practices. For the most part, it will be assumed that the reader is well attuned to the situation in the US so that a more detailed analysis can be made of the situation in the UK. In the final analysis it will be clear that there are great similarities between the two countries, yet, there are differences that may be important for some businesses, industries, and individuals. Given the recent strength and long term economic potential of both countries, a growing number of business and investment opportunities exist. The study will close with a highlight of the most promising trends. 18 pgs. 23 f/c. 8b.

2. A Comparison of the Japanese and American Economies.

Desc: This discussion will compare and contrast the economies of the United Sates and Japan with an emphasis on the last two categories. The nature and development of the Japanese economy, primarily since World War II, will be outlined and compared and contrasted with American economic development during the same period. 6 pgs. 15 f/c. 10b.

3. A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Minimum Wages.

Desc: This study will look at minimum wages through a cost-benefit perspective. It makes no aims at solving the minimum wage debate, but does hope to provide the reader with a firm footing on the subject whereby s/he will be able to draw their own reasoned opinions and conclusions. For all readers, the unavoidable impression is that minimum wages, along with all price floors, interfere with the operation of market forces. In the case of genuine social problems, this is sometimes a good thing, when the benefits of intervention actually exceed the associated costs. With minimum wages, however, the results do seem to be at odds with the desired outcome. The evidence seems to suggest that minimum wages tend, on the whole, to increase unemployment in the low-skilled labour market; generally the very area that minimum wages seek to ameliorate. So, while the jury is still out on the effects of the minimum wage, it seems fair to say that regions that employ minimum wages should at the very least adopt a more cautious position on their use. 13 pages. 10 sources.

4. A Critical Assessment of Post Industrial Society Through the Theories of Daniel Bell

Desc: This paper will critically analyze the theories of Daniel Bell, showing how economics tend to become capitalistic through service labor, and technology- based jobs. By understanding the basis for these theorums, we can approve of the almost prophetic sense of economic perceptive that is emulated by Bell's reasoning. This is how we can pursue Bell's societal theories, and excellent sociological understanding of American society.

5. A Discussion of the Modes and Merits of Government Intervention in Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations

Desc: 2892 A Discussion of the Modes and Merits of Government Intervention in Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations".9 pgs. 16 f/c. 3b.

6. A Great Leap Forward: The Drive to Commercialization of China's "Big Four" Banks

Desc: The paper takes a critical and timely look at the ongoing commercialization of mainland China's "Big Four" banks -- the Bank of China (BOC), China Construction Bank (CCB), Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). We outline the best methods to commercialize these state-run banks through initial public offerings (IPO's). The impetus behind the change includes a rising tide of bad bank loans; the need for more robust banks to grow the Chinese economy; and China's urgent need to catch up to Western banks and financial institutions, as it prepares for membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

7. A Plan for Ending Macroeconomic Deterioration in India

Desc: Catriona Purfield (2004) argues that decentralization has caused a dilemma in India which is related to several factors, including transfer dependence, soft budget constraints, contagion, and other state-specific problems. Based on a panel on the years 1985-2000, Purfield argues that decentralization in India has caused a dramatic deterioration" in the fiscal welfare of the states and the macroeconomics of India as a whole. The problem, she writes, is that the centralized government keeps bailing out the individual states, causing a common pool problem" and a moral hazard" (Purfield, 2004, p. 1). She argues for a return to a more centralized government with hard constraints on bailouts to aid the Indian economy.

8. A Search-Theoretical Approach to Monetary Economics

Desc: This paper discusses a research project called "A Search-Theoretical Approach to Monetary Economics" by Nobuhiro Kiyotaki and Randall Wright, in which they consider the essential function of money, which they define as a medium of exchange. They then set out to formalize this idea by using a search-theoretic equilibrium model of the exchange process.

9. APEC: Past, Present, and Future.

Desc: This paper will look at the development of this interesting trade group, its present condition, and what can be expected of it into the next century. 8.5 pgs. 22 f/c. 9b.

10. Account for the growth of the American economy and monopoly capitalism: 1865-1900.

Desc: This study will take a look at the growth of the American economy and the shift towards monopoly capitalism during the last 3.5 decades of the 19th century. In the end, several explanations will be offered for the US's almost miraculous growth during this period. 14.5 pgs. 18 f/c. 9b.

11. Adam Smith Wealth of Nations.

Desc: Smith's argument that laissez faire economics can reconcile personal freedom with peaceful social coexistence in a maximal state of "opulence". 3 pgs.Bibliography lists 1 source.

12. Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations: An Analysis.

Desc: This five-page undergraduate paper examines Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, which remains perhaps the most famous economics text in all of human history. The author notes that it has been a source of wisdom for governments in search of sound economic policies, a practical guide for many people in search of personal economic prosperity, and has had a profound impact on the leaders of powerful movements that contributed to the emergence of Modern Capitalism. Despite the fact that some of Smith’s ideas have not withstood the test of time, the legendary status of Wealth of Nations is fully justified, for its influence in modern times on economic theory has not been surpassed.

13. Adam Smith: Truck, Barter And Exchange.

Desc: By underscoring the propensity to truck, barter and exchange, Adam Smith intends to establish laws of the market and the principles of governing individual interests. Individuals acting in their self-interest can guide society toward common goals, but their self-interests are driven by their comparative advantage.

14. Addressing Economic Opportunities in the Year 2003: Positive and Negative Outlooks.

Desc: This paper shall examine the two sides of this argument in terms of those that forecast a positive and a negative future for the year 2003. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

15. Advancements Made by Central and Eastern Europe and the Difficulties They Still Face.

Desc: This paper will look at the advancements made by the traditional economies of Central and Eastern Europe, and the difficulties they still face. In the end, it is clear that the transition from communism to capitalism has enjoyed several successes. Using the yardstick of appearances, evidence of this can be seen in the huge advancements made by many of the countries that now very much resemble those of Western Europe. Beneath this fragile fatade, however, it is most certain that the re-learning process involved with transition still has significant obstacles ahead of it. 15 pgs. 27 f/c. 6b.

16. Aggregate Supply and Demand: A Look at Labor Market Dynamics in the US and Europe.

Desc: This paper looks at the effects aggregate supply and demand have had on the labor market dynamics between the US and Europe, with a special focus placed on Germany. The overriding conclusion of the study is that we should be wary of touting the strength of the US against its European competitors. Historical evidence clearly shows that unemployment rates in the US have only been lower for the past 15 years, and even then not consistently. We may now have approached a stage where trends in aggregate supply and demand will again begin to favor European countries. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

17. Allocation of Organs

Desc: This paper discusses the need in society for a method of allocating organs for transplantation, since there is usually a long list of people waiting for a transplant at the time, which raises the issue of how best to shape a program where this scarce resource is allocated in a fair and socially beneficial manner. Four possibilities are offered and one is selected as preferable.

18. Altering Tariff Reductions As Per WTO.

Desc: This is a 6-page paper that analyzes the consequences of tariff reduction as WTO had indicated for uplifting poverty. It contains 6 sources in MLA format. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

19. America and the Russian Economy

Desc: Thids paper examines the American view of the Russian economy since the breakup of the Soviet Union and how the West should help Ruyssia develop a viable economy if possible as a security measure if for no other reason, though most analysts believe this is a nearly impossible task, which makes it no less important to do, as the U.S. has been trying to do for some time.

20. America: Cultural Exports Versus Manufactured Goods.

Desc: In the past twenty years America's manufacturing has declined yet the export of cultural goods has skyrocketed. This paper analyzes this shift in relative importance of the two sectors. It emphasizes American maturity in the Fordist economy and inability to adapt to post-Fordist manufacturing. Also, it highlights the technological changes of the Information Revolution that have increased the penetration of media and cultural goods. 16 pgs. Bibliography lists 23 sources.

21. American Express and the Improvement of Marketing Strategies.

Desc: Until quite recently, American Express (AMEX) faced little competition of importance due to a marked shortage of firms that could offer guaranteed financial services in numerous locations across the world. However, the revolution in communications presented by cyber-technology has forced a move away from this assumption of old to do with near monopoly on the part of American Express. Businesses and individual consumers now have little difficulty performing various financial tasks of their own accord, employing the Internet, or one or another of dozens of financial service firms that have joined the field in the last decade or so. Later-pages of this paper emphasize ideas presented in Tapscott's The Digital Economy which pertain to the lack of predictability that is presented by the new economy and its affiliations to both cyber-technology and globalization. (1996) In good measure, the opinion presented here is related to the possibility that the world economy and inherent business practices may not be as revolutionized as contemporary phenomena might suggest. 21 pgs. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

22. An Analysis of the US Economy After the Attacks of September 11th.

Desc: This paper will cover a scope of American economics that will cover a series of questions related to the economic outlook for the country in the past and the present. It will explain the current trends after the incident at the World Trade Center and how the government is responding to them in this paper fiscal, budget, and other measures that seek to define the role that the government is playing in trying to stop terrorism and deal with the crisis that is being taken into consideration at home in the US. 13 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

23. An Article Analysis in Economics: Are Currency Boards a Cure for All Monetary Problems by Charles Enoch.

Desc: This paper will discuss the affects of Currency Boards in the economic situations that arrange money value in small third world countries. By understanding the system of this article by Charles Enoch entitled: Are Currency Boards a Cure for All Monetary Problems?, we can see the nature of the value in the money markets around the world, and show if the Currency Boards do in fact play a major role in the value of currency world wide. 2 pgs. bibliography lists 2 sources.

24. An Economic Analysis of the Transitional States of Eastern Europe and Russia.

Desc: There can be no doubt that the study of the transitional states of Eastern Europe and Russia pose an interesting case for economic analysis. The challenges that face these countries can only be understood through a synthesis of capitalist and communist tenets. This involves comparisons and contrasts between both systems, through which a significant amount of knowledge can be applied and gained. And armed with this knowledge, it might be possible to gain a better understanding on the nature of the world economy and the prospects for its future. Studies that look at the transformation from socialism to capitalism are, therefore, interesting, important, and very relevant in present-day economics. This study will forge down precisely this path, evaluating the experiences of the post-communist states. With the sheer expanse and intensity of the previous Soviet system, it will be shown that, not only has the transition from plan to market been difficult for the countries of East Europe themselves, but also for economists who try to observe progress from afar. It is not overstatement to suggest that the process has been frustrating for everyone. 21 pgs. 39 f/c. 12b.

25. An Overview of Economics and Other Factors for the Country of Italy

Desc: This paper will discuss the nature of economics in the country of Italy, and how the geography, population, and government affect its standing in the world. By researching these facts, we can learn why the country's internal physical properties creates the massive fluctuations with trade and the GDP, and what international conditions also create these yearly maladies for Italy.

26. Analysis of Amartya Sen

Desc: The paper deals with democratic theory. In particular, it analyses a well-known book Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen, paying attention to the characterisation of the text and its main goals and objectives. The paper observes the principal thesis and conclusions of the author and it is supported by various quotations taken from the book itself.

27. Argentina

Desc: This paper analyzes the economic conditions in Argentina over the last decade and some of the ways the government has undertaken to correct the problems perceived, noting the consequecns and the degree to whcih an investor might want to wait for more assurance before investing in this economy, one that is beginning to improve but which has a long way to go.

28. Argentina's Economy Debt.

Desc: This is a 4-page paper on the economic steps that need to be taken for the debt structure. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.

29. Article Review. "Growth Forever: The Promethean Response".

Desc: This paper reviews the article "Growth Forever: The Promethean Response". It examines and critiques the view that endless economic growth and development is inevitable.

30. Austrian School Of Economics.

Desc: This a 21-page paper following MLA format that discusses the Austrian School of Economics and their theories. 21 pgs. Bibliography lists 17 sources.