Identify a real-life outsourcing decision that has been made. Identify the specific reasons for the outsourcing. If information is available, discuss the results of the outsourcing decision (jobs lost, cost savings, etc.). Cite sources as deemed necessary.
Why is the accuracy of cost allocation so important? Cite real-life examples of either successes or failures in cost allocation.
Discuss the efficient Market Hypothesis. Do you believe financial statement analysis can be performed in a way that provides significant advantage to an investor?
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different types of financing:
Borrowing from Bank
US GAAP follows the Historical Cost Concept in valuing the cost of Long-Term Assets. Explain this principle and how it compares to the standards used in the reporting of Long-Term Assets under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). If there is a convergence of standards, which method do you believe should be used and why?
Summarize the events of a recent accounting scandal. Identify how the illegal/unethical act was detected and the punishments that resulted (fines, prison terms, etc.). Consider what could have been done to detect this act earlier and what could have been done to prevent this from happening in the first place. Select a different example than those listed on previous posts.
Review the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act which was created in 2002 to address the accounting scandals in the late 90s early 00s (Enron, WorldCom, etc.). Identify the provisions that you feel made the biggest impact. What other provisions could have been included in the Act to strengthen the Responsible Stewardship and Integrity of the accounting profession? And conversely, what existing provisions in the Act do you believe (if any) are unnecessary or over-regulate the profession?
In order to truly understand politics, it is critical that you first understand what impacts your own political behavior. For this assignment you must select five (5) identities (race, gender, religion, geography, etc.) and discuss how they impact the way you look at the world politically. The assignment must be 1000-1250 words.
1. Select your identities. When thinking about your identities it will be critical that you have some level of self-reflection. Figure out to what groups or life experiences you connect most strongly. Some identities may include, but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, military background, religion, income, gender, home state, nationality, or hobby. Select five (5) of these identities to write about in greater detail during the paper.
2. Relate identities to politics. Once you have selected your identities you need to think about how they relate to politics. An example might be how your religion impacts the way you think about politics. Some identities clearly relate to politics, while others are more tangential, but there is always a connection. If you are unsure how one of your identities may relate to politics, please come and speak to me in my office or after class.
3. Start writing. This is a pretty straight forward assignment. Each of the five identities on which you are writing can get their own paragraph. Within those paragraphs explain why this particular identity is important to you and how it relates to politics. Also, discuss whether you were aware that this identity impacted your political views or whether you just realized this was the case. Having a brief introduction and conclusion is also a good idea.
4. Write properly. While there are no citations needed for this assignment, it is still important for you to write in proper formatting. This is a somewhat personal writing assignment, but make sure that it does not take on the feel of a journal entry. You want to write professionally, have proper margins, and writing style.
Using the paper as a guide, discuss the importance of this study relative to our discussions of endosymbiotic theory during class. We briefly discussed the Chlorarachniophyta in class; how are the chlorarachniophytes pertinent/important to the discussion of plastid acquisition?
This should be a written essay, 500-1000 words in length. Thoroughly read the paper (you may need to read it more than once) and think about your response before beginning the project. Feel free to do additional research to augment your discussion. I am leaving the assignment fairly vague to give you freedom to explore the topic.
Read Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.
Answer the following questions in separate paragraphs. For each question you must reference the text at least once.
Chapter 1: What is an incentive? How does it relate to the study of economics?
Chapter 2: Provide examples that illustrate how asymmetry of information can lead to inefficient outcomes.
Explain how the introduction of the element of fear makes the problem of information asymmetry even worse.
Chapter 3: Based on the examples in the chapter, what does the invention of better and cheaper production methods do to the price and sale of a good or a service?
Chapter 4: The arguments linking the drop in crime to the robust economy in the 1990’s would seem to be quite strong. Provide a brief explanation of what evidence the data provides about the viability of this explanation. What explanation do the authors provide?
Chapter 5: Describe the difference between normative and positive analysis. What can you learn about the utility of this distinction from this chapter on perfect parenting?
Chapter 6: What does the data provided on baby names in California tell us about the socioeconomics of naming children?