The second assignment should be presented as a Journal opinion article. The article should be timely and address an economic issue of current interest to Wall Street Journal readers. Read several articles in the Op Ed section of the Wall Street Journal for reference. Formal footnotes are not required but the article should clearly refer to other contributions in the Journal or elsewhere. Minimum length is 400 words or approximately two pages and maximum length 600 words or approximately three pages. Footnotes, titles and other extraneous material are not counted when determining the length of the paper. Remember that this essay should be a stand-alone article that addresses an economic issue of current interest to WSJ readers. It should include your opinion about the issue and provide evidence that supports your position. Look at the Power Point Presentation on D2L for more information about the difference between this assignment and the first assignment. Check the syllabus for submission deadlines and guidelines. Use the check list before submitting to be sure you have covered all of the major requirements for the paper. Remember that Critical Analysis involves clearly stating an opinion and providing empirical and/or theoretical evidence to support your perspective. This is an economics course and I expect your opinion to concern an economic issue. This means that the topic has to have economic content and that your argument must be made from an economic perspective. For instance, it is OK to discuss the economic impact of the Affordable Care Act (e.g. does it affect employment?). It is not OK to discuss the political or social ramifications of this legislation (e.g. will it hurt Democrats in the next election?). Each paper should be submitted as a Word file. Do not submit in odt or other formats because the papers are checked by turnitin.com and this program will not read these formats. Use 12 pt. Arial font in Normal style with 1.25 inch right and left margins and 1 inch top and bottom margins. Double space the paper and left justify. Grading Rubric: Each paper will be evaluated using four criteria
1) Organizational structure – 25 points. Is the paper logically organized? Are ideas cogently presented and explained? Is the writing convincing? Does the writing sustain interest?
2) Writing style – 25 points. Is the writing original and provocative? Does the paper have a professional tone? Does the paper satisfy the requirements in the syllabus?
3) Analysis – 25 points. Does the paper take and support a position? Is the analysis reasonable?
4) Grammar, punctuation, spelling and syntax – 25 points. Is the writing grammatically correct? Are words spelled correctly? Is word choice correct for the context of the sentence? This paper will be graded more strictly than the first paper.