Policy Analysis Extra Credit Paper
Write a paper of 1-2 pages analyzing one of the policy debates listed below.
24 points are available, which is enough to bump your grade up, for example, from a CB to a B, or a BA to an A
Analyze a policy issue and take a position on the issue (pro or con) based on the evidence. The evidence can come from your textbook and from outside sources like newspaper and magazine articles and professional journals. The search engines Google Scholar, JSTOR and MEDLINE are good sources for professional articles in gerontology and sociology. Be sure to site your sources. Your paper should include an introductory paragraph stating the main issue and briefly describe the two sides of the issue. End the paragraph with a statement of your position on the issue. Do NOT use, “I think.” Rather say something like, “The evidence suggests that government efforts to increase fertility are ineffective.” You should have at least two substantive paragraphs dealing with different points you would like to make and that address the pros and cons of the issue. You should have a concluding paragraph that summarizes the position that is most convincing and you feel that evidence best supports and a strong final sentence. Do not just state your own opinion. Provide evidence for why you believe one view is more convincing than another. Use the An Issue for Public Policy boxes in your text, Aging and the Life Course, as a model for a policy analysis. Your paper must be turned in by responding to this post and attaching your paper. Click on the title "Extra Credit Opportunity" and then you can compose a message and attach your paper.
1. The proportion of working-age Americans to retired Americans has been dropping for several decades as the result of declining fertility and mortality rates. Should thegovernment encourage couples to have more children? Will that solve the problem? Why or why not?
2. Many older women drop out of the labor force to care for ill or aging relatives. In doing so, they forgo Social Security benefits later in life. Should the government give these women credit for the unpaid work they do?
3. Medicare pays an older person’s medical bills regardless of that person’s lifestyle. Should people who choose to live an unhealthy lifestyle (who smoke or drink too much, for example) pay higher Medicare Part B premiums than those who don’t?
4. Life-extending medical technology is extremely expensive. Should it be rationed depending on a person’s age? Why or why not?
5. Of the three approaches to restoring solvency to the Social Security trust fund—increasing the retirement age, reducing benefits, and increasing revenues—which would you favor? Why?
6. Now that Americans are living longer, should there be an upper limit on the age of candidates for high public office? Why or why not?
7. Life expectancy has been increasing over the past century and many people are living well into their 80s and beyond. Should the driving of older people be restricted? If so, what type of restrictions should be put in place?
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