Essay Contest Topics
The Future of the Fed
How should North Dakota handle its oil boom?
What is the value of higher education?
What role, if any, should government play in job creation?
What economic factors may be contributing to the problem of obesity, and how can economics be applied to address the problem?
What role, if any, should the government play in energy markets?
Hamilton vs. Jefferson: Whose economic vision was better?
Is immigration good or bad for the U.S. economy?
What economic lessons can be drawn from an illegal drug deal?
Why are some countries rich and some countries poor?
What role, if any, should the government
play in addressing income inequality?
Select a major problem concerning
the ecological environment. Using economic analysis, show how this problem
should be addressed.
Is there a housing shortage?
What role should government play in the housing market?
The Great Depression: Could it happen again?
What does this 1973 picture of a gas station without
gas to sell imply about how markets work? How can the lessons portrayed
in the picture guide policymakers today?
What economic lessons can be drawn from this painting
of a bustling sixteenth century Dutch market?
1997-98 Essay Contest
Why do some countries grow faster than others?
What, if anything, can a central bank do to enhance economic growth?
1996-97 Essay Contest
Should states be permitted to use targeted incentives
to recruit businesses?
1995-96 Essay Contest
What exchange rate system
should central banks adopt?
1994-95 Essay Contest
What role should the Federal
Reserve play in the payments system?
Is the Community Reinvestment
Act a necessary and effective tool for eliminating discrimination in lending?
Central Banks in Emerging Economies
Is reform of the banking system
necessary and, if so, what types of reform would be most effective?
How successful has the floating
exchange rate system been compared to the fixed exchange rate system?
And, what modifications would you recommend, if any?
Is the Federal Reserve Too Independent?