tradeoffs between equity and efficiency

Requirement: Select a type of transfer payment and analyze the pros and cons of the current system in the United States or abroad and how the the system could be improved. Examples of transfer payments would be Social Security, Medicare, unemployment payments, welfare programs, etc.  There are many more, so don’t let this list limit you.  You can write about almost any type of transfer payment you would like. In writing the paper you must include the following areas: Part 1: Use positive economics* to analyze the current situation. Part 2: Use normative economics** to analyze the current situation.  Do you believe the current situation comes down too much on the side of equity or efficiency? Explain. Part 3: Come up with a plan for how you believe the situation could be improved.  In this section, you will need to come up with at least one (1) specific policy that the government could implement and how you believe this policy will change the situation both domestically and potentially globally. *Positive economics is an analysis of facts; what is. **Normative economics uses economics to make value judgments about the situation. Submit a report that is 4-5 pages long, typed double-spaced.  This report should be well written with a introduction and conclusion and use appropriate citation. Research: Each student will develop and analysis based on the information provided and the questions asked in each activity.  Research is required by you and some possible sources are below (though you should use other sources as well). News sources: USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance and MSN Money, etc. National Bureau of Economic Research  (Links to an external site.) US Census Bureau  (Links to an external site.) World Bank  (Links to an external site.) CIA World Factbook  (Links to an external site.) Wikipedia is not an acceptable source! 

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