Guide to Economics Final Examination 2022
Title: ‘Discuss the extent to which an increase in investment is the most important factor in increasing economic growth in a
country of your choice.’
The task is to examine whether an increased investment is the main driver of economic growth in your country of choice. Investment may be by domestic firms or firms based in other countries. The report should not be a discussion about foreign direct investment in the country.
A good starting point would be to read Gillespie’s (2016) Chapter 21 – Investment.
Argue the cases for and against investment being the main driver of growth using examples from a country of your choice.
All sources used must be in English.
Allocation of Marks
Presentation: 15%: Reference list (8%); citations (4%); structure/format (3%)
Introduction: 5% (approx. 150 words)
a)Theory: 20% (approx. 500 words)
Conclusion: 10% (approx. 200 words)
The submission should be in report format to include:
Title page: Report title and student ID only
Report: May include section headings but no bullet points.
It is important to define the main economic terms in the report title in your introduction.
Then you need to explain what you are planning to write about in the main body of your report – your thesis statement
REMEMBER – All definitions must come from academic sources: i.e. textbooks or economic dictionaries
All definitions should be quoted throughout. These must be Leeds-Harvard referenced within the report and in the Reference List.
All paraphrased work needs to be Leeds–Harvard referenced within the report, including diagram explanations.
All diagrams and charts must be sourced and explained within the report.
To source a diagram or chart you need to put:
Author’s/authors family name/names, year of publication of the source, and the page number.
E.g. Gillespie (2014:23), Mankiw and Taylor (2011:56)
(20% of Country examples section)
(ii) Argue the case against increased investment being the main driver of economic growth in the
country. Investment on its own is unlikely to permanently increase potential growth; it is only
one factor and its effects on growth will be limited unless it is supported. In some countries,
there are other drivers of economic growth that may be more important than investment
(usually, problems to be solved for investment to be effective).
Three examples should be discussed. 30% of country examples section (ideas on next slide)
This section should be approximately 1200 words [(i) 300 words; (ii) 900 words – 3 x 300 words]
– In my opinion
Begin the conclusion with
This report has shown…
The evidence presented in the report would suggest…
Investment is/is not the most important factor…
Or something similar
Suggested Sources for the theory section
Reference List (10%)
Make sure you include a Leeds-Harvard Reference List at the end of your report. All sources listed in the Leeds-Harvard reference list must be cited in the report; this will be checked.
A minimum of 15 and a maximum of 25 sources should be used in the report.
The Reference List should be
Citations tell us the author(s), publication year, and page for quotes, paraphrased work (information put into your own words), and diagrams.
In Economics, regular citations are expected throughout the submission. EAP recommends a minimum of 2 citations per paragraph or once approximately every 50 words.
Submission without acknowledgment of the authors used (i.e. no citations) will be
regarded as academic misconduct and will not achieve a ‘Pass’ grade.
Reports submitted with 5-10 citations will most likely achieve a very low Credit because large sections of the report will have no sources cited for the information
Copyright laws protect writers’ words as their legal property.”
Warwick University has a very strict policy on plagiarism.
Plagiarism is regarded as Academic Misconduct and reports
containing plagiarism will receive zero marks (0) and
there will be no opportunity to correct or resubmit wor
Do give each diagram/model a title and cite the source below the diagram/model.
Do make use of diagrams or charts throughout your work and make sure they have a title and are accurately labeled and sourced.
Do make sure you explain all your diagrams/models/charts and include a citation for the explanation.
Do spell check and grammar check your work?
Do make sure the page number is included for citations from books; ebooks, including PDFs, reports, and journals.
– Because….- And… – But… – As everyone knows…. – All in all…… – Nowadays – Besides
These are very, very annoying!
Do not use ‘I’, ‘We’, or other personal pronouns in academic papers. ‘We’ indicates that more than one author is responsible for the work. You must be the only author of the work.
Do not insert diagrams or text as pictures to avoid the word count – the words will be counted and checked for plagiarism
Do not exceed the word limit: any words over 2200 will not be marked.
Never use any Google source such as WIKIPEDIA or INVESTOPEDIA, ehow, economicsabout.com, amosweb, wiktionary, or similar internet sources.