Economics Research Paper Topics for High School Students


The study of economics can be a challenge to write about in a research paper. But remember, as long as you’re writing a research paper, you will be depending upon the research of others to carry you through, not on your own—and that is good. Research papers are actually easier to write than being on your own with a complex topic where you give only your ideas.

Great places to look for economics topics is from blogs on economics, if you want something current economic theorists are discussing. Or, you may want to ask a teacher to guide you toward a topic that you might find interesting where he/she knows there is lots of good research that is accessible—both in availability of articles and ease of understanding them.

Also, your textbook will be rife with topics of discussion, which always address issues you can focus on. Look at the major chapter titles, chapter questions, and think on questions your teacher brought up that he/she discussed at length or put on the discussion board—ones that your whole class discussed at length, and there you go—a topic your teacher feels is important! This may give you an excellent way to approach the topic with your teacher as well.

Here are some general research paper topics for economics that all students address at some point in high school-level economics courses.

  1. What government failures have led to major problems in American economics?
  2. How has Obamacare affected American economics positively/negatively?
  3. What are the benefits of comparative advantage?
  4. Discuss cigarette taxes and American economics—why does the government keep raising taxes on cigarettes and what do they do with these tax revenues?
  5. What was the Kyoto Protocol? How would American economics been affected by it?
  6. Discuss stadium building and their affects on city-wide economic earnings, expenditures, do the benefits outweigh the costs and other issues surrounding stadium building.
  7. Discuss current issues in SUVs and the American environment, and the American economies.
  8. Is the current minimum wage fair? How does the minimum wage help or hinder Americans?
  9. Discuss immigration and its effects on America’s economic system.
  10. Discuss issues surrounding the American middle class today economically.
  11. Do foreign investments threaten the American economy?
  12. Discuss American economics and the prison system with an analysis of the positive or negative impact on the system.