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Paper #1

Do a 3-5 page paper on the Gordon article below, due Tuesday 24 January in class so as to give you at least a week.

This paper requires a clear thesis statement up front, 3-5 paragraphs of development with data (here, mainly quotes) to back up your argument, and a conclusion that should NOT reiterate your introduction or argument – an absolute no-no in a short paper, and in general pretty silly (a waste of space and reader energy) even in a longer one. See “Writing Papers” on the web site for additional guidelines: reasonable font & margins, active NOT passive voice, and proofreader/editor (=CommCenter).

Topic Suggestions: Two possible topics (out of many):

  1. what is Gordon’s definition of “technology”?
  2. how does he classify different technologies?

We went through EconPapers and NBER Working Papers in class, so I’m deliberately NOT sending you the pdf.

Gordon, R. (2014). “The Demise of U.S. Economic Growth: Restatement, Rebuttal, and Reflections.” National Bureau of Economic Research, NBER Working Paper No. 19895.