From the syllabus -
"You are required to do an individual research paper (written and oral). Every student must select one country in Asia and study its economic development. In addition, each student must select an economic topic that relates to that development. The research assignment must be both theoretical (explain how your topic relates to economic development) and empirical (show information pertaining to your topic and economic growth using statistics). Further information about the assignment will be provided in the third or fourth week of class. You should make a country choice by February 6 and chose a topic by February 18.
Below is a list of topics. Check with me if you are interested in something that is not on the list. Once you have chosen a country, do some background reading on it. Study its history and economy so that you can pick one of the topics below- one that is especially relevant to the particular economic circumstances of your chosen country.
Asia is broadly defined as the region from the Persian Gulf to the Philippines, including the present states of China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and the
Central Asian Republics of the former Soviet Union.
The topics include: International trade, poverty, income distribution, labor and employment, agriculture, international financial flows, money and banking, foreign investment, specific industries (such as pharmaceutical, tourism, film, construction, insurance, etc.), health, education, population, technology, environmental degradation, outsourcing, political system and its role on the economy, monetary policy, fiscal policy.
The research paper is due on April 22. Late assignments will be downgraded. Student oral presentations will take place from April 23 to May 1. You are required to give a 10 min oral presentation of your research paper to the class."
If you have a topic in mind for your research, it is a good idea to find one or more sources of background information to read. Introductory resources explain in general terms what is currently known about your topic and help you understand the broader context of your research.