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ECON 455 International Finance SM: South America Case Study Resources Fall 2020

Prepared for Dr. Mostashari by Dan Maynard

Region Specific Case Study Research Paper & Group Presentation (100 points/10% of your final grade).

The region for this semester is South America. Select one of these twelve sovereign countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay or Venezuela. Note: [ 2021 YOU MUST SELECT A COUNTRY LISTED ON THE Big Mac Index.] You may not select French Guiana (France).

Your Group Presentation should be informed by your Case Study Research Paper. For example, groups will often present slides using charts constructed from the data in their table to illustrate a point.

This is a five page paper, plus a title page, an executive summary, references page, a table of major economic indicators, a figure comprised of a photograph of your group and a figure comprised of a map of your country showing its contiguous neighbors.

The content of your table of major economic indicators should be based on these sources: the Europa World Year Book; the World Factbook; the Big Mac Index is based on the Economist article “Burgernomics” linked in your LibGuide. Your map must be adapted from the World Factbook. All recommended sources are identified and described in the LibGuide.

The text of your paper should use the recommended sources, supplemented with your assigned readings, the classroom lectures and discussions, and your own thoughts.

Your paper should inform your presentation.

Format your paper in APA style using the template provided in the LibGuide. Format your paper, and document your sources in APA style based on the APA publications manual (seventh edition). Guidance on APA style is provided in the LibGuide.

Recommended Sources

Reference stacks, first floor, Wiggins Library

  • Statesman’s Yearbook is at call number REF JA 51.S7; 
  • Europa World Year Book is at call number REF JN 1.E85. 
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is at call number REF LB 2369.P8; 
  • Political Handbook of the World is at call number REF JF37.P6

Big Mac Index

Data from Europa World Yearbook 2020 print edition & Economist Big Mac Index