Assess the arguments, logic, assumptions and facts in term of different authors on the topic.

Written Assignment

1/ Assignment 2/ Content 3/ Objective 4/ Organization 5/ Quality of writing 6/ Guide for the assignment 7/ List of optional material (other books and articles)

Assignment:

The total number of pages should be between 10 and 15. Be careful, graphs or tables can be very important and useful, but it doesn’t count in term of space taken in the paper. You need to write 10 to 15 pages of words. This is a paper written individually; it is not a group project. The evaluation of the paper will be based on the content, the organization, and the quality of writing.

Content:

The paper should be about answering the following question: “Does greed drive economic success in capitalism and how or what are the consequence if it plays a role?”

Objective

There are two objectives. The first objective is to assess the arguments, logic, assumptions and facts in term of different authors on the topic. For this purpose, it is mandatory to use the papers and articles cited below. The second objective is for you to give your opinion. For that part you may use any other material. Other papers or articles may be very useful.

Organization: Basically, you should organize your paper the following way. All the papers mentioned below can be found through internet or through JSTOR at the library.

Introduction: It should start with general statements to introduce the subject and then you should explain what you will write about and the general content of the different parts.

Part 1: Present the arguments that the following authors put forward for arguing that greed is a main driver behind capitalism and that he has some costs. The papers and articles you have to use for that part are: Cohn, Steve, Allen Kanner, Tim Kasser and Richard Ryan. “Some Costs of American Corporate Capitalism:

Part 2: Present the arguments that the following authors put forward to defend the idea that capitalism is not adequately described when using the concept of greed as a driving force. Instead, competition is a healthy process of discovery taking into consideration multiple aspects of human affairs The papers you have to use for that part are: Kirzner, Israel. “The Economics of Greed or the Economics of Purpose”

It is mandatory to use the papers and articles cited above.

Part 3: you should offer some critics of those arguments, and finally you should indicate what you think about the topic. Do you think that greed is the driving force behind capitalism? To what extend should we consider greed when describing capitalism or market forces? What do you think about the possible consequences in the market process if we accept that greed plays a role? Notice that the list of the arguments in the papers you have to read is not exhaustive. The topic is even broad and difficult. The question asked may even doesn’t make sense. You can perfectly defend your positions in different ways or re-frame the discussion in another way. That is why it would be good to read other articles or material because you may get additional perspectives and ideas. It should reflect your opinion. You will be graded according to the quality of the paper (organization, quality of writing, etc…) and not on your opinion.

Conclusion: It is a summary of your paper and it should be short.

References You absolutely have to use the papers and articles mentioned above to write your essay. However, in your analysis, and particularly when you give your opinion, you can utilize and mention any other papers or books you found during your research. You have to mention your sources, and have a list of references at the end of the paper. It is important not to use only one source.

Quality of writing:

Here is a link about how to write a paper in economics: Deirdre McCloskey: “Economical Writing” Economic Inquiry 24(2) (Apr 1985): 187-222 [reprinted in UCLA Writing Program {Ellen Strenski, ed.}, Cross-Disciplinary Conversations about Writing (NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1989)]; reprinted with revisions as The Writing of Economics (in second ed., Economical Writing, 1999)

A book that could be useful is: Roy Peter Clark, “Writing Tools: 50 essential Strategies for Every Writer”

You can get also the help from the “Writing at Queens” department:

Guide for the assignment: I will get rid of points if these requirements (titles, organization, number of pages, etc…) are not respected.

1/ The total number of pages should be between 10 and 15. Be careful: graphs or tables can be very important and useful, but it doesn’t count in term of space taken in the paper. You need to write 10 to 15 pages of words. It can be double spaced and the font shouldn’t be bigger than 12.

2/ This is a paper written individually; it is not a group project.

3/ The evaluation of the paper will be based on the content, the organization, and the quality of writing.

a/ Content: What should be in the paper is described in the writing assignment description above. It is important to be able to summarize the ideas from other authors, to evaluate and critic their respective arguments, and articulate your own opinion about the topic.

b/ Organization: basically, you should organize your paper the way it was described above.

Introduction Part 1: present the arguments that the authors put forward for arguing that greed is a main driver behind capitalism and that he has some costs. Part 2: present the arguments that the authors put forward to defend the idea that capitalism is not adequately described when using the concept of greed as a driving force. Instead, competition is a healthy process of discovery taking into consideration multiple aspects of human affairs Part 3: you should offer some critics of those arguments, you should emphasis which arguments are the most relevant, and finally you should indicate what you think. In this last part, you should present your opinion. You will be graded according to the quality of the paper (organization, quality of writing,…) and not on your opinion. Conclusion References

Each of these parts should have a title so I can read it clearly. The introduction should be something like half a page. It includes a general introduction of the topic, the more specific question that you want to answer, the brief description of the different parts that you are going to develop. Each part should be composed of clear sub-parts, clearly separated in paragraphs. You have to be able to construct those parts in a way that you don’t have more than 5 or 6 big paragraphs, and themselves shouldn’t have more than 3 or 4 subparts. The third part is more flexible in the sense that you can focus more on the criticism of the arguments or more on your own opinion. You can even create a fourth part if you want to separate the two. The conclusion is a brief summary of your paper (half a page) emphasizing on the main point. You can also mention questions that arise from the analysis you did, or potential need for reflection on some parts. In the reference part, you have to mention your sources.

c/ Quality: Be clear. It is critical that you create a logic we can follow and that makes sense. You have to tell a story; it is not a stock of words or concepts. The best way to proceed is the following: First read carefully the papers, and put briefly their ideas on paper. Second, organize these ideas logically, creating outlines for your first two parts. Third, do a brainstorming for the third part. Put on paper ideas and put them together on a logical way. After your outline is finished, then write the body of your essay. Then, probably you have then a better idea of how to write your introduction and your conclusion. Reread and revise many times. It has to sound right. Make sure you have very good links between paragraphs. Provide a title for the conclusion, each part, the conclusion and the reference part, so it is clear.

4/ You absolutely have to use the papers mentioned in the description of the writing assignment above to write your essay. I provided also other papers below. You can use them if you are interested in using the argument associated with them. In addition, in your analysis, and particularly when you give your opinion, you can utilize and mention other papers or books you found during your research or that you can find below.

5/ Don’t use quotes. In the current exercise, it is better if you avoid it: first we do here a training exercise so you have to develop your style, and second you don’t have much space for that kind of luxury.

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