write a country report of Costa Rica, and following the requirements in the first file. and this essay must include how you are going to increase the Costa Rica’s GDP, and have to have data analysis.
Writing Assignment: Your perspective is that of a policy analysist with an international organization such as the World Bank who is preparing a brief study of a country with one key recommendation to increase growth. You may also take the perspective of a critic of government policy but the framework of your essay will be essentially the same. Your analysis should be fact-based and you should substantiate your arguments with concepts learned during our class throughout your report.
While this two-page description of the assignment is a good summary, I will provide a more in depth discussion of the expectations for this report during class. To do well on this assignment, you must also pay attention to that in-class discussion.
Part I. (1-2 pages) Introduction and Overview
Table 1 or Figure 1 Growth of output per worker y since earliest year, current y, and three other indicators of your choice compared to least one other country.
Other indicators should reflect the general theme of your analysis. We will discuss many possible indicators, such as share of labor in agriculture, child mortality, average years of schooling, and many others.
Part II. (3-4 pages) Steady-state and growth analysis
Table 2 Steady-state analysis and policy intervention (change in h, s, or A) based on template
The change in parameter must increase y* by at least 20%.
Table 3 Five-year growth projection from policy intervention based on template
This section should discuss the steady-state situation for your country and introduce your policy intervention.
Part III. (3-4 pages) Policy Intervention
Depending on your policy intervention you should focus on one of following:
Macroeconomic policy (s)
Human capital and/or equity (h)
Openness to global economy (A or s)
Political and institutional quality (A)
Your analysis should be backed up by at least one additional data source to substantiate your analysis, preferably presented in a graph. Graphs should be numbered and referred to in the text.
(See example below.) You must present graphs you construct from data obtained from many resources we will discuss in class, including the PWT data provided for this report.
Part IV. (1 page) Brief summary
The page guidelines are approximate and include tables and graphs and text in 12-point font and double-spaced lines. This assignment will be posted in electronic format to GauchoSpace.
You should include at least 4 citations to The Growth Report and Introduction to Economic Growth (IEG) as you explain features of your economy and justify your policy intervention.
If your perspective is as a critic, you may include in your four citations the works we discussed in class by Acemoglu and Easterly. You should number these citations and you may use short-hand abbreviation as follows:
“Country X experienced high inflation on the order of 10 percent per year in the last decade, as shown in Figure 1. This macroeconomic instability is detrimental growth and countries perform best with inflation in the single digits (3. The Growth Report, page 53)…”
You should refer to all figures and graphs in the text at least once, as in the example above. You may abbreviate the textbook by IEG. You do not need a bibliography unless you are citing sources other than the two course reference. In this case just include a list of sources at the end, and reference these sources by title and page within the text as in the example above.
Grading Rubric: Students whose total points for the country report is equal to 35 will receive 35 points based on the rubric below adjusted by percent. For example, if you score 28/30 and the report has a 35 point weight, your score will be (28/30)*35.
Item Assessment Points
Table 1 Formatting 2
Quality of indicators and comparison countries 2
Table 2 & 3 Formatting and accuracy 4
Part I / IV Clarity and focus 2
Part II Clarity and focus 3
Part III Quality of choice and presentation of indicators to
substantiate policy intervention
References Clarity and relevance of 4 citations 8
Overall Overall depth and quality of analysis, including
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