Research essay guide

For your research essay, develop a hypothetical finance and investment strategy for a country. The country must be a developing (emerging) country.

You may do the project alone or in groups of up to four students. The essay must be double-spaced, in font “times new roman” size 12, and between 12 and 15 pages long, including the front pages and references.

You will deliver:

  • A one-pager research essay proposal by October 10. Post a copy of your research essay proposal on cuLearn and hand in a hard copy in the beginning of the class on October 10. The proposal should include the author(s), the country of choice, the selected option (see below), three paragraphs justifying your selections and your approach to write the strategy, and five references, excluding the references mentioned at the end of this guide. In particular, explain who your target audience is and what you are trying to convey. The one-pager research essay should be single-spaced (10% of your final grade).
  • A PowerPoint presentation of your research essay on either Session 12 or Session 13 (15% of your final grade).
  • Your research essay by December 5, 23:59. You must post it on cuLearn (45% of your final grade).

Select one of the options below. Each option represents a different perspective of financing development:

Opinion 1. Private direct investorDraft an investment strategy for a private direct investor in a developing country. The private investor could for example be a multinational corporation.

Answer the following questions in your investment strategy:

  • What opportunities will you invest in?
  • In which country (or countries) are these opportunities?
  • What obstacles do you anticipate and how will you overcome them?
  • How would you asses the success of your investment?
  • What risks should you consider?