State and Local Public Finance

Economics 4310

State and Local Public Finance

Written Assignment #1

Due: March 9, 2018

On the first page of your assignment, put your name and the first three lines in the heading above. Use a 12 point font size and standard margins for the paper. Indent the first word of every paragraph. You may use either single- or double-spacing. There is no word or page limit, but conciseness is highly valued.

1. Read “An Essay on Fiscal Federalism,” by Wallace Oats. (A link to the article can be found on Carmen.)

2. Prepare a detailed outline of the article. (A link to an example of a detailed outline can be found on Carmen.)

3. Write in your own words a brief one paragraph summary of the paper.

This assignment will be worth 25 points. You will be graded on the following criteria: 1) following instructions, 2) grammar, 3) citations, 4) clarity, 5) critical thinking. Each criterion represents 20% of your total score.

Criterion100%80%60%40%20%
InstructionsFollowed all instructionsFollowed almost all instructionsFollowed most instructionsFollowed some instructionsDid not follow instructions
Grammar0-2 errors3-4 errors5-6 errors7-8 errors9 or more errors
CitationsAll information correctly cited in the MLA formatAll information correctly cited in the wrong format1-3 missing citations or missing works cited page, in the MLA format1-3 missing citations or missing works cited page, wrong format4 or more missing citations
ClarityClearly written and on topicMostly clear and on topicSomewhat clear or tendencies to get off topicNot clear, but mostly on topicNot clear and off topic
Critical ThinkingDemonstrates a clear understanding of the conceptsDemonstrates a good understanding of the conceptsDemonstrates a moderate understanding of the conceptsDemonstrates a familiarity with the conceptsDoes not demonstrate an understanding of the concepts