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Economics 3340.2A/B Winter 2018

Research Paper Guidelines

  • You may work in groups of two, and submit together one paper.
  • Papers should be about 1,200-1,500 words or about 4-5 pages of text (not including references; double-spaced, 12 pitch font). Number your pages and include a title page.
  • You may pick a topic from the following list, or choose your own topic in consultation with me (contact me by February 8 if you are proposing your own topic). Additional topics' may be suggested in class. Your topic should be something that interests you!
  • Papers should provide an overview of a particular topic, based on reading relevant literature.
  • You are expected to have 5-7 good sources, at least 2 of which must be from academic journals. Please consult with me if you are in doubt. I expect you to use academic sources journal articles, books, research reports from reputable organizations, not just magazine articles and non-refereed internet sources. Wikipedia is not an acceptable source (though it may be used to find other sources). Include recent publications (since 2012) whenever possible, unless the topic is historical. Check the government sources identified in the assignment or in class. If there are relevant articles there that you do NOT include, your grade will be affected. At least two items should be ones you found on your own. Use the library Research Resources Databases and ask for help if you need it.
  • Suggested sources to find working papers and journal articles:
  • I am willing to review your source list and provide suggestions/comments up until Feb. 28th (email it to me, or bring it to office hours).
  • Papers must include citations throughout the text and a complete reference list at the end. You should use the APA style (parenthetic citation method, standard in social sciences) for in-text citations (author, date, page in brackets) and a full reference list at the end. Include explanatory footnotes or endnotes where needed. For internet sources include standard reference information (author, title, date, etc.) where possible. Do NOT just put down a URL. Any material taken from another source, whether or not it is a direct quote, must have a citation. Tables taken from another source must include a citation for that source. Include page numbers for quotes and other specific information like tables. Please see the Writing Centre ( and Library for handouts and on-line resources on referencing (including the Sobey School of Business Style Manual, which uses the APA style).
  • You must use your own words. Papers will be submitted to to help identify material which is not properly cited. See instructions in the next bullet point.
  • Papers are due March 14th at, with a hard copy due March 15th in class.
  • Papers will be evaluated equally on three aspects: Research (collecting information), Analysis (organization and synthesis of information, clarity of your argument) and Writing (grammar, spelling, references, etc.). Consult the Writing Centre if you need advice. You can have someone proofread your paper. DO NOT PASS IN YOUR FIRST DRAFT!!!


NBER: see top left for “Working Papers & Publications”

Statistics Canada:

Bank of Canada:

Academic Journals: Canadian Journal of Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Labor Economics, or simply search using key words related to your topic on SMU library page.

Plagiarism will result in a zero grade for the paper (see the Academic Calendar for the University policy on plagiarism). Examples of plagiarism include using a paper written by another student, copying material from any published or unpublished source (including the internet – don’t “cut and paste”!!!) without proper in-text citation, and recycling your own paper from another course (unless you have prior permission from both instructors).

Use the following to enroll in

Enrollment Key: ECON3340W18

Class ID: 17661048

You may check the turnitin similarity index upon submission and resubmit your paper after correcting it several times until the deadline.

Late papers will be penalized 5% per day.


  • Discuss initiative(s) by unions to support non-traditional ways of organizing - for example, the $15/hour minimum wage movement in the US and the living wage movement in Canada
  • Review the issue of sexual harassment in the Canadian military, including the findings and recommendations of the External Review into Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • Review the literature on overall earnings and/or income inequality in Canada (not gender inequality). See topic 4 on the reading list for preliminary material.
  • Examine the status and challenges faced by women in ONE particular occupation or industry in Canada (e.g., women in management, trades, academia, accounting, law, medicine, engineering.....). You may choose another country, with permission.
  • Examine the status of visible minorities in the Canadian labour market and the barriers they face.
  • Examine the impact of children on women's labour force participation and earnings (see articles on the “mommy” or “motherhood” gap). Include a discussion of policies/practices to address this.
  • Review findings on in earnings inequality based on sexual orientation (note, findings differ for men and women -you may focus on one group if you want).
  • Compare the maternity and parental benefits program under EI with the Quebec program. Discuss which program better addresses the needs of parents and promotes gender equality. Include research findings, not just the basic program descriptions.
  • If Canada is not your home, apply some aspect(s) of the course material to your own country. Please consult with me on this.
  • Review research in the last decade on how well immigrants are doing in the Canadian labour market compared with Canadian born workers and earlier immigrant cohorts.
  • Examine challenges faced by young people in the current labour market. Include a discussion of policy implication

Tutor Answer

School: UT Austin



Current Labor Market
Institutional Affiliation




Examine Challenges Faced By Young People In The Current Labor Market. Include a
Discussion of Policy Implication
Across the globe, young people face a lot of challenges in the labor market, specifically
with regard to finding suitable employment. The world is full of graduates that do not have jobs
since the labor market does not seem to have additional space to fit them in. This has been the
trend over the years as more young people pour into the labor market and yet fail to find any
suitable job that fits their skills. They are all well-educated but there are no employment
opportunities for them. They also seem to have run out of entrepreneurial ideas. The young
population who are transitioning from education to participation in jobs encounter many barriers
in the current labor market. Particularly, unemployment is one key issue. The rate of
unemployment among this population is three times higher than that of other populations. This is
true for all of the youths across the globe who venture into the labor market on a quest to find
jobs. The futility of the exercise causes the young population to further their education with the
hope of acquiring a job once they are done, yet this is not the case. The difficulties that are
witnessed today are largely due to previous policies implemented in the former years as well as
other interrelated factors that converge and affect the labor market. This paper seeks to examine
the various challenges that young people in the current labor market face as well as the policies
that have affected the current market and incr...

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