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Week Four: Research Paper – List of potential research topics
To complete the Article Research Paper due in Week 4, please select a topic from the list
provided below or from the chapter readings.
The benefits of a free enterprise system.
Capitalism and free trade are crucial foundations for freedom from poverty.
Voluntary transactions create wealth by moving assets from lower- to higher-valued uses.
Anything that impedes the movement of assets to higher-valued uses, like taxes,
subsidies, or price controls, destroys wealth.
Each inefficiency implies a money-making opportunity.
The art of business consists of finding an asset in lower-valued use and devising ways to
profitably move it to higher-valued one.
A company can be thought of as a series of transactions.
Costs are associated with decisions.
Opportunity cost
These are the relevant costs and relevant benefits of a decision.
Accounting profit does not necessarily correspond to economic profit.
A good incentive compensation scheme links pay to performance measures that reflect
All investment decisions involve a trade-off between current sacrifice and future gain.
Companies, like individuals, have different discount rates, determined by their cost of
Net Present Value (NPV)
Sunk costs
Post-investment hold-up
Price elasticity of demand
Law of diminishing marginal returns
Increasing returns to scale
Economies of scale
Diseconomies of scale.
Learning curves
Market Equilibrium
Competitive industry
Mean reversion
Compensating wage differentials
The industrial organization economics (IO) perspective assumes that the industry
structure is the most important determinant of long-run profitability.
The Five Forces model is a framework for analyzing the attractiveness of an industry.
According to the resource-based view (RBV), individual firms may exhibit sustained
performance advantages because of their superior resources.
To stay one step ahead of the forces of competition, a firm can adopt one of three basic
strategies: cost reduction, product differentiation, or reduction in the intensity of
Foreign exchange market
Devaluations help domestic producers and foreign consumers, but hurt domestic
consumers and foreign producers.
Psychological biases suggest being aware of price expectations and “framing” price
changes as gains rather than as losses.
Price discrimination
If a seller can identify two groups of consumers with different demand elasticities and
can prevent arbitrage between the groups, it can increase pro?t by charging a higher price
to the low-elasticity group.
Game Theory
Common-value auction,
Winner’s curse
Moral hazard
Transfer Pricing
Research Paper: This is a graduate course and students will be expected to research and write
papers summarizing in their own words what they have found on current topics from the weekly
readings. Research is a theoretical review of relevant literature and application of findings in the
literature to a topic related to a specific industry, field, or business problem.
The research must be conducted using peer-reviewed trade or academic journals. While
Blogs, Wikipedia, encyclopedias, course textbooks, popular magazines, newspaper articles,
online websites, etc. are helpful for providing background information, these resources
are NOT suitable resources for this research assignment.
Please Note: The UC Library staff are very helpful with assisting students in using the UC
Online Library journal database. Please contact them if you have issues. In addition, the
instructor has provided additional resources, including a research tutorial, in the “Course
Resources” folder in the “Content” area of the course.
Assignment Requirements:
Choose a research topic from the chapter readings or from the list provided by your
Research/find a minimum at least four (4), preferably five (5) or more, different peerreviewed articles on your topic from the University of the Cumberlands Library online
business database. The article(s) must be relevant and from a peer-reviewed source.
While you may use relevant articles from any time frame, current/published within the
last five (5) years are preferred. Using literature that is irrelevant or unrelated to the
chosen topic will result in a point reduction.
Write a four (4) to five (5) page double spaced paper in APA format discussing the
findings on your specific topic in your own words. Note – paper length does not include
cover page, abstract, or references page(s).
Structure your paper as follows:
Cover page
Overview describing the importance of the research topic to current business and
professional practice in your own words.
Purpose of Research should reflect the potential benefit of the topic to the
current business and professional practice and the larger body of research.
Review of the Literature summarized in your own words. Note that this should
not be a “copy and paste” of literature content, nor should this section be
substantially filled with direct quotes from the article. A literature review is a
summary of the major points and findings of each of the selected articles (with
appropriate citations). Direct quotations should be used sparingly. Normally, this
will be the largest section of your paper (this is not a requirement; just a general
Practical Application of the literature. Describe how your findings from the
relevant research literature can shape, inform, and improve current business and
professional practice related to your chosen topic.
Conclusion in your own words
References formatted according to APA style requirements
Grading Criteria:
Content Knowledge & Structure (25 points): All of the requested components are
completed as assigned; content is on topic and related to managerial economics, critical
thinking is clearly demonstrated (few, if any, direct quotations from the source in the
paper); scholarly research is demonstrated; topics and concepts gained from the assigned
reading and/or from research is evident.
Critical Thinking (15 points): Demonstrates substantial critical thinking about topics and
solid interpretation of materials and reflection.
Clarity & Effective Communication (15 points): Communication is clear, concise, and
well presented; scholarly writing is demonstrated; grammar, sentence structure, writing in
third person, and word choice is used correctly.
Integration of Knowledge & Articles (15 points): Articles used are current and relevant
(preferably published within last five (5) years and MUST be from peer-reviewed journal
article publications. At least four (4) peer-reviewed journal articles are examined and
analyzed in the paper.
Presentation & Writing Mechanics (30 points): Cover page, headings, in-text citations,
page citations (page number citations required for specific information such as dates,
years, list of items from article, names, numbers, statistics, and other specific
information), and references are properly formatted.
Please Note: Plagiarism will not be tolerated. The paper must be written in your own words.

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