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                         Social Consequences of the Recession  
                                Ivaylo D. Petev - Spring 2013 (Sciences Po Reims)

Due Dates

Wk 3: Choose group

Wk 8: Proposal

TBD: Final Paper

Instructions for the Final Paper

REQUIREMENT: write, along with three other classmates of your choice, a survey paper on the consequences of the Great Recession (GR hereafter). A survey paper is an overview of the context, debates and trends.

TOPICS: choose one of the following research topics:

·    Jobs and Unemployment
    1. Impact on General (Un)Employment
    2. Impact on (Un)Employment Inequality
    3. Impact on Youth (Un)Employment
·    Income, Wealth and Credit
Impact on Income Inequality
    2. Impact on Wealth Inequality
    3. Impact on Consumption & Spending
·    Family, Health, Migration
Impact on Family Structure
    2. Impact on Health Status
    3. Impact on Migration
·    Public Opinion
    1. Impact on Perceptions of Inequality
    2. Impact on Political Attitudes

OBJECTIVE: address the following set of questions:
·    What is the overall impact, if any, of the GR? Compare debates and trends before and after 2007.
·    How does the impact differ, if at all, between countries? Focus on OECD countries and mainly on EU countries and the US. Compare debates and trends.
·    What groups, if any, are more affected than others? Analyze any differences between socio-economic groups (e.g., minorities, genders, social classes, education levels, age groups, income groups).
·    What are the prospects, if any, for recovery? Discuss short- and long-term prospects; wherever appropriate, discuss the success of any policies.

SOURCES of information:

·    Academic research: books, chapters, articles and working papers
·    Reports by international organizations (e.g., IMF, World Bank, European Commission, etc.)
·    Specialized popular press
·    Publically available data on economic, political, social, and cultural indicators. For building or updating trends, see the following links to data sources:


1.    Title page
2.    Abstract
3.    Introduction
4.    Main text divided into thematic sections and, if appropriate, subsections
5.    Summary/Conclusion
6.    Appendix (optional)
7.    Endnotes (optional)
8.    Bibliography
9.    List of figures and tables

·    30-50 pages (double spaced, font size 12, font style Times New Roman).
·    Title page: includes the title of the paper and the names of the authors.
·    Abstract, on a separate page: 250 words maximum.
·    3-10 well formatted and annotated figures and/or tables. Figures and tables should be attached at the end of the document and their placement within the text should be explicitly noted.
·    20-40 unique bibliographic references listed in the Bibliography using APA style (see


Does the final paper:

1.    Respect the basic formatting rules of organization and presentation.
2.    Use good, non-technical English.
3.    Identify and discuss the most important (rather than all) aspects of the GR with regard to the chosen topic
4.    Introduce, discuss and evaluate competing arguments with respect to empirical evidence
5.    Present original or updated trends using publically available data

An EXCELLENT final paper (17-20) does well on all five points.

A GOOD final paper (13-16) does well on points 1-3 and less well on points 4-5.

A MEDIOCRE final paper (10-12) does well on points 1-2, less well on points 3-4, and poorly on point 5.


·    Your partners, first, and only then the course Hotline:
·    Lectures: they provide a general overview of the context, debates, and trends. In addition, the slides present a diverse set of trends and the corresponding hyperlinked sources that may or may not be relevant to your project. 
·    Reading lists: each session provides an extensive, if incomplete, list of general as well as specific, accessible as well as technical bibliographic references. These should serve you as a gateway to the general debates and trends as well as to the specific topic that you address in your paper.
·    Feedback: I will provide detailed comments following your group's in-class presentation and the submission of your Proposal (Week 8). The feedback should give you ideas on how to improve the organization and the analytical and empirical content of the paper.