Identifies and addresses a clear central thesis, expressed early in the paper, either directly in a topic paragraph or indirectly through an appropriate rhetorical device (like an anecdote). Argument clearly expressed and sustained throughout
DEPTH OF ARGUMENT:
Body of paper supports central thesis; brings to bear appropriate and persuasive evidence. Conceptual sophistication and engagement with topic; recognition of limitations and counterarguments; thoughtfulness; originality of ideas; appropriate number of pages. Explicit use of economic theories, models, and data.
USE OF SCHOLARLY SOURCES:
Marshals sources that are scholarly and reliable by the standards of the Economics profession (like journals, working papers, scholarly books, government and NGO websites); sources are adequate in number and appropriate for the paper’s argument. Sources are integrated into the flow of the argument and used appropriately in the context of the argument.
STRUCTURE OF PAPER:
Presentation is well organized: clear topic sentences; good transition between ideas; all sections of paper tie together.
Style is direct, concise, and lively; avoids excessive and unexplained jargon and acronyms; refrains from clich?s and bureaucratic formulations