Answer to Question #67915 in Macroeconomics for thomas
How to formulate an economic question for a project paper?
Once students have settled on a viable topic and issue, they must narrow their focus by developing a research question. Students typically have the capacity to generate a lot of interesting questions with respect to a topic, but developing an effective question is a much more difficult task which will determine the success of the research. Effective economic questions have distinct characteristics that can be directly linked to the research process. Greenlaw suggests that effective economic questions are problem-oriented, analytical, interesting and significant, amenable to economic analysis and feasible.