economic development

This assignment requires you to write a 6-8 page paper on the topic described below. . (1500 words not including the cover sheet and bibliography and/or reference)

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 related topics.

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+.

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 right.

The paper (not including the cover sheet and the bibliography and/or references) should be 1500-2500 words in length. And papers that exceed 2500 words had better be worth reading!

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). 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.