Glendale Community College Covid 19 Pandemic & Its Impact on Labor Market Question

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For this writing assignment, you will be given an economic podcast and will be asked to critically evaluate it. You will be graded on the quality and thoroughness of your analysis. Therefore, you will also be graded on the clarity, flow, and overall cohesiveness of the writing in your paper.

Podcast: (Links to an external site.)


The beginning of the podcast states, “Covid-19 is the biggest job killer in a century. As the lockdown eases, what does re-employment look like Who will be first and who last? Which sectors will surge and which will disappear?” After listening to this podcast, the President of the United States asks you to come up with a critical evaluation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the labor market. Based on your report, the President will make its policy recommendations. You are to analyze one of the four economists' arguments/opinions in the podcast.

Follow the paper outline below:

Paper Outline

Introduction (5 points): The introduction (first paragraph) briefly summarizes what you consider to be the main point(s) of the article. If there are many, focus on the one(s) that you will analyze in the assignment.

Summary (5 points): A short summary of the podcast should be included. This summary should capture the key points presented in the podcast and any important facts or elements. Do not spend the whole assignment summarizing the entire article. Summaries should be succinct and to the point and be approximately one paragraph.

Explain “your chosen” economists’ arguments (15 points): The President has heard about the “the above economist” but does not know enough to enact a policy. In this section you need to explain what the economist is arguing. (Don’t just summarize what they said. You need to demonstrate their argument using the models and tools you have learned throughout the semester). You should use, at a minimum, one economic concept we have covered in class. In other words, I expect you to demonstrate the economists' arguments by drawing a graph and showing the effects of the arguments. Your graphs must be detailed and thorough.

Critical Evaluation of the argument (40 points): This is the most important aspect of this assignment.

Students should focus on whether they agree/disagree with the economist and what their recommendations may be. Students can also analyze how the material in the podcast will impact the economy in a macro setting. The analysis portion has the potential to be varied in nature. However, I recommend sticking to my guidelines below:

  • To evaluate the argument you need first to understand the author’s arguments. Start by identifying the assumptions inherent in the argument, checking to see if the conclusions follow from these assumptions. Try to distinguish the argument from the evidence provided to support the argument
  • To do the critical evaluation, essentially you should take apart the various steps in the argument and see if they make sense separately and as a whole. Can you use the tools learned in class to think about the argument in another way? Check to see if the author is missing anything in his/her argument or has used some tool or method incorrectly or inappropriately. Is there evidence that contradicts their argument?
  • I expect you to use at least 1 economic model we have learned in class. You should be using the AS/AD model, the Classical model, the Phillips Curve, etc. Your models should also be detailed. Make sure you read explaining what the models mean and clearly demonstrate the economic implications.
  • All models must be drawn by hand. Any models “grabbed” from the text or internet will not count and will adversely affect your grade. Your hand-drawn models should be scanned and of high-quality.

Conclusion (5 points): It is important to have a strong conclusion since this is the last chance you have to make an impression on your reader. The goal of your conclusion isn’t to introduce any new ideas, but to sum up, everything you’ve written. Specifically, your conclusion should accomplish three major goals:

  1. Restate the main idea of your essay, or your thesis statement.
  2. Summarize the main sub-points of your essay.
  3. Leave the reader with an interesting final impression.

Works Cited: Must cite at least 3 sources. Class notes/lectures can account for one source. The textbook can account for one source.

How to format your assignment

Your assignment should be typed, double-spaced, and have a font size of 12 points.

  • Minimum of 3 pages (not including models, works cited page).
  • The assignment should be in Word.

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Explanation & Answer

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o Since COVID-19 was discovered in the year 2019, this pandemic has significantly
affected various sectors in the world.
o This pandemic has dramatically affected the economic sector regarding employment
o Concerning the pandemic, the workforce has dramatically been affected since many
people succumbed to the disease, leaving various firms and business organizations with
ill-equipped and unskilled personnel.


o Economically, it has been argued that even before the pandemic, the labor market was
experiencing some changes in regards to automation.
o The question that rings into most people's minds is that should the pandemic end, which
specific jobs are likely to come back?
o The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly ravaged the labor market to the extent that
various books will have to be written about it across the world.

Betsey Stevenson

o According to the presented podcast, I would like to analyze the arguments presented by
Betsey Stevenson in regards to the impacts of the current pandemic on the labor market.
o Mr. Stevenson significantly argues that most of the individuals in the United States
reported their employment status as being employed though they were not.
o According to him, these individuals were explicitly absent from their work, not working
from home, but they were just absent.

o Stevenson argues that these individuals significantly need the Pandemic Unemployment
Assistance for their good in the entire economy of the United States.

The Classical model

o According to the Classical model, the implementation of various policies and enactment
of various legislations targeting the labor market will significantly lead to the freeflowing economy whereby both the prices and wages will precisely adjust regarding the
COVID-19 pandemic.

Critical Evaluation

o According to the arguments presented by the economist Stevenson in this podcast, I
sincerely agree with him to a significant extent.
o I would recommend that the United States government enact various legislations and
policies targeting the unemployed population.
o More specifically, in a macro setting environment, the material presented in this podcast
will significantly impact the economy.
o The government should also establish other ways to incorporate the human workforce
alongside the automation techniques.
o The g...

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