ECON 112: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
INSTRUCTIONS AND ADVICE REGARDING THE TERM PAPER
(Revised—Sunday, March 15, 2020)
This assignment requires you to write a 6-10 page paper on the topic described below. The proposal earns you up
to five points, and a hard or soft copy is due by 10 PM on Monday, March 23 (when DMH closes that evening).
A proposal, which may be in the form of one or more questions, is a typed outline that includes the sources that
you propose to consult, and is not a summary—you haven’t yet written the paper! The paper itself earns you up
to twenty points, and is due by 10 PM on Monday, April 20. Together the proposal and the term paper itself are
worth up to 25% of your final grade.
What topic should you choose?
I require you to describe and evaluate the progress or failure to develop economically of a country or region
over a period of time. The country or region may be any one in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia,
and the Pacific. (You may not choose Britain, Ireland, or a country in continental Europe, or the U.S. or Canada,
or Australia or New Zealand, but you may write about Russia or Japan.) Your writing should focus on how and
why economic development proceeded—rapidly, slowly, or not at all, as the case may be. You should select a
period of time, shorter or longer as you see fit. (A paper on the economic development of a colony before it
became a sovereign nation is an appropriate topic, e.g., the Gold Coast under British rule before independence as
Ghana in 1957.) If you are in any doubt about what would make a suitable country and/or time period for
your term paper, contact me.
How to research the topic
To get you started, look through the case studies in our textbook, Todaro & Smith 2015, and then consult the
following resource: The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Living Edition (2019- ) online at
(Your library registration gives you access to this and other online materials.)
Visit the sixth floor of the King library, especially in the HC class, where you will find many books on this and
If the university library doesn’t have a particular book, you may find that either another CSU library (CSU+) or
your local public library has a copy of the book. And if none of those do, you can order the book through
Interlibrary Loan or Link+. http://library.sjsu.edu/services/csu-interlibrary-loan-and-other-resources
And bear in mind that it’s okay to use discriminating and thoughtful use of websites containing worthwhile
material (but be sure to cite correctly what you find—full URL and date visited).
Instructions for writing the paper
The paper should be typed in Times New Roman 12-point font (and use italic, bold or underline
sparingly), double-spaced (like this sentence), and with one-inch margins, top and bottom, left and
The paper (not including the cover sheet and the bibliography and/or references) should be 1500-2500 words in
length. You should deliver a hard copy to my office (DMH 144—I’ll check the envelope attached to my office
door several times a day). Papers that are too short lose points. And papers that exceed 2500 words had better be
SJSU—SPRING 2020—ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT—MARK BRADY—TERM PAPER
Instructions for writing the paper (cont’d)
You should write your full name, “Econ 112,” “Spring 2020,” and the word count (not including the bibliography
and/or references) on the cover sheet. Large, clearly labeled diagrams may be used where appropriate (but don’t
include them in the word count). A bibliography and/or references typed in a consistent format should be
included at the end of the paper. A 1500-word paper without a cover sheet, diagrams, and bibliography would fill
5-6 pages depending on the spacing between paragraphs.
A hard copy of the paper itself is due by 10 PM on Monday, April 20 (when DMH closes that evening). You
will lose points if you are late in submitting your paper. The paper itself counts for up to twenty points toward
your final grade for the course. (And the proposal counts for up to five points.)
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE FOLLOWED THE INSTRUCTIONS.
You are welcome to discuss your proposal with me, and run a draft proposal by me at email@example.com.
You are also welcome to run a draft of your paper by me. Any draft that you wish to submit for my comments is
due by 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 5, (that’s three weeks’ time) to be returned by Friday, April 10.
This semester I will accept a draft that is an MS Word document (but not a pdf) and emailed (with your name and
Econ 112 and “Draft Term Paper” as the name of the file) to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Any other inquiries
should be sent to email@example.com.) And be advised that I won’t accept drafts that are faxed.
Help is available!
If you experience any difficulty in completing this assignment, please do not hesitate to ask me for help. I am
available most every day Monday through Friday 9 AM – 5 PM (and sometimes after 5 PM) by appointment
(please suggest a couple of times). But I advise against dropping by without an appointment. I much prefer
meeting in person to email correspondence unless you just want a simple question answered.
The SJSU Writing Center is also here to help you: http://www.sjsu.edu/writingcenter/
COVID-19 Update (3/12/2020):
As SJSU has moved in-person classes to an online environment due to COVID-19 concerns, Writing Center
in-person operations (events, workshops, and tutoring) will be closed for the remainder of March (through
Online tutoring will continue and has been expanded significantly--we now have additional appointments
available! Click on the "Schedule a Tutoring Session" button below to book your slot.
The university regards cheating and plagiarizing as serious offenses against the honor code and I shall not hesitate to
enforce the rules. Students are recommended to consult the appropriate section of the honor code.
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Here are some books to extend your understanding of economic development and perhaps help you write a better
P. T. Bauer (1915-2002) is noted for his opposition to the widely held notion that the most effective manner to
help developing countries advance is through state-controlled foreign aid. Go here for a list of his most
important works: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Thomas_Bauer#Major_works
William Easterly has written three books and many articles on economic development. Go here for a
complete list: http://www.williameasterly.org/publications/
Jeffrey G. Williamson, Globalization and the poor periphery before 1950 (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press,
2006). The Ohlin Lectures: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/series/ohlin-lectures
Robert C. Allen, Global economic history: a very short introduction (Oxford and New York: Oxford
University Press, 2011).
2?cc=us&lang=en& Robert Allen has also written The Industrial Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
(Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).
The series Very Short Introductions also includes John Krebs, Food: A very short introduction (2013), which
includes a brief history of human food and examines the four great transitions of food development, and
Andrew F. Cooper, BRICS: a very short introduction (2016). (The BRICS are the four countries of Brazil,
Russia, India and China.) https://www.veryshortintroductions.com/browse
John A. James & Mark Thomas, ed., Capitalism in context: essays on economic development and cultural
change in honor of R. M. Hartwell (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994).
H. W. Arndt, Economic development: the history of an idea (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987). H.
W. Arndt, The rise and fall of economic growth: a study in contemporary thought (1978; Chicago: University
of Chicago Press, 1978).
W. A. Eltis, The classical theory of economic growth (London: Macmillan, 1984; second edition, with a new
introduction, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, and New York: Palgrave 2000).
Lionel C. Robbins, The Theory of Economic Development in the History of Economic Thought: Being the
Chichele Lectures for 1966, revised and extended (London: Macmillan; New York: St. Martin’s, 1968;
reprinted, 1970). Available as a free pdf here:
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