Should the federal government increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour?
Can the U.S. economy still grow the way it once did?
What change in the American K-12 education system would result in the most cost-effective improvement in student outcomes?
What are the most important influences on economic inequality in the United States?
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?