ECO201: Foreign Economy Report Project (Profs. London/Riggi/Buttino)

Use this guide to complete the ECO201 Macroeconomics Foreign Economy Report Project.

On Effects of COVID-19 on Monetary Policy

Here's a link to a ProQuest Central article database search, about the effect of the pandemic on United States monetary policy.

Monetary Policy OR Fiscal Policy
AND "united states" OR "federal reserve"
AND covid-19 OR coronavirus OR pandemic

Or, try your own search in the ProQuest Central database: 

A) Overview; B), C), D), E)

1) Start with the CIA's World Factbook for background, trade and economic information, Gini coefficient (income distribution), current issues.

Citations: Free government websites usually do not offer citations. Create your own.


2) From Michigan State University.

  • Click on your country's listing for economic data.
  • Search for a country then download the "Memo" PDF.


3) This database offers country histories

4) World Bank economic data: 

B) Current Issue, H) Future

Use Advanced Search in these databases.

  • Limit to most recent years.
  • Search ideas are listed below.
  • Citations: These library databases offer citations. 

[Your country] AND

  • Coronavirus OR COVID-19 OR pandemic
  • econom*
  • recession
  • "economic forecasting" OR "economic expansion" OR "economic growth"
  • "business cycles"
  • "government policy"
  • political
  • financial
  • inflation
  • immigra*
  • touris*
  • employment
  • "international economic relations"
  • "foreign relations"
  • statistics​
  • war
  • Olympics
  • "World Cup"
  • "natural disaster*"

Use quotation marks for phrases:

  • "economic forecasting" 

An asterisk (*) searches for all word endings. This is called truncation, or wildcard searching. 

  • econom* = economy, economies, etc. 

Use the Start Your Research Here search box on the home page to find any missing facts.

C) Trade, H) Future

The Statista database offers statistics and reports on your country, with citations. 

  • First, just search for your country. Then, add:
    • [your country] AND econom*
    • [your country] AND GDP
  • Then go to dropdown menu Outlooks > Country Outlook > click a country > Select segment (Economy, Labor Force, etc.) > download chart or Statista Country Report.
  • If neded: in the dropdown menu: Reports > Country Reports> type in a country. The library has prepaid for your access to these reports.   

F) GINI Coefficient (Income Distribution)

FRED offers graphs with GINI coefficients (Income Distribution). From St. Louis Federal Reserve. 

  • Search FRED for GINI [your country]
  • Download and customize these charts:
    • Edit Graph > Add Line > Add: Gini Index for the United States. 
    • Download the graph, or
    • Do a screenshot. To grab a selected screenshot: on a Windows computer, press the Shift, Windows and S keys. Snap a box around the section of the page. It will create a copy that you can insert into a document. 

Citations: Create your own. Citations are not usually offered by free websites. 

I) Works Cited

Library databases will create draft APA citations for you, but make sure they're correct. 

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