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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

Instructions for the Proposal

Note: Read the Instructions for the Final Paper in order to grasp the differences between what is expected from the Proposal and from the Final Paper.

REQUIREMENT: write, along with three other classmates of your choice, a proposal for a survey paper on the consequences of the Great Recession (GR hereafter). A survey paper is an overview of the context, debates and trends. In contrast, the proposal presents a much more concise overview in order to make the case for why a longer, more detailed paper is worthwhile writing. In addition to the summary of previous research, the proposal concludes with a section in which explicit suggestions are made about the final paper:

·    About the main themes and subthemes that you plan to develop in the paper – in other words, about its organization in terms of sections and, if appropriate, subsections.
·    About the construction and analysis of specific empirical trends.
·    About the development of any specific original angle to the paper or aspect of the GT.
·    About anything else for which the instructor’s feedback might be useful to the group.

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. Compare debates and trends.
·    What groups, if any, are more affected than others? Discuss any differences between socio-economic groups (e.g., minorities, genders, social classes, education levels, age groups, income groups).

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.
·  For building or updating trends, see the following links to data sources:


    Title page
2.    Introduction
3.    Main text divided into thematic sections and, if appropriate, subsections
4.    Suggestions (see above, under REQUIREMENT)
5.    Appendix (optional)
6.    Endnotes (optional)
7.    Bibliography
8.    List of figures and tables (optional)


·    15-20 pages (double spaced, font size 12, font style Times New Roman) including title page, text, appendices, endnotes, bibliography, and figures and tables.
·    Title page: includes the title of the paper and the names of the authors.
·    Attach figures and tables, if using any, at the end of the document and indicate their placement within the text explicitly.
·    10 or more bibliographic references listed in the Bibliography using APA style (see


Does the proposal:

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

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

A GOOD proposal (13-16) does well on points 1-2 and less well on points 3-5.

A MEDIOCRE proposal (10-12) does well on points 1-2, and poorly on points 3-5.


·    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.