10 Economics Essay Topics That Will Improve Your Bottom Line

If you hear the word “economy” and your only thought is that you need to get to your local warehouse store to buy another economy-size container of cheese puffs, it’s probably good that you’ve decided to read this post for a few ideas for your upcoming economics essay.

So wipe your hands of that sparkling cheese dust, and let’s take a look at 10 economics essay topics to help you get started with your economics essay.

10 Economics Essay Topics That Will Improve Your Bottom Line

I’ve included a broad list of topic ideas with suggestions on how you might develop the topic into a specific type of paper, such as an argument, compare and contrast, or pros and cons essay.

Keep in mind that your prof may, of course, have different ideas as to what type of assignment you should be writing. In other words, read your assignment guidelines closely.

Within the list of economics essay topics, I’ve also included several sample essays for added inspiration. So make sure to check them out as you scroll through the topics.

economics essay topics

1. Supply and demand

Gas prices are an excellent example of supply and demand. Gas prices often rise in the summer due, in part, to the high demand of summer travelers. If the prices rise too high, however, demand falls, there is a surplus of gas, and thus prices will usually fall.

If you’re writing about supply and demand, you might write an informative essay to simply explain the supply and demand of a product. You could also write an argument essay about how supply (or prices) should be higher or lower based on the market.

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2. Culture and economics

A discussion about culture and economics might revolve around several cultural groups and how they impact the economy. Or the discussion might focus on one specific group (such as millennials) and how they affect the economy.

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3. Consumerism

I’m sure you’ve purchased your share of products in your lifetime. So writing about consumerism might be one of those essays in which you can share personal experiences. Perhaps you can even discuss how and why you spend, and how it has affected your life.

(Think cause and effect essay—did overspending on those concert tickets put a big dent in your budget? How did this affect your spending the following week?)

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4. Historical overview

A historical overview economics essay could take the form of a comprehensive overview of a specific time period (and its impact on society).

An overview might also focus on one specific component of the economy (such as interest rates or technology) and trace its impact throughout a time period.

Sample essays:

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5. Immigration

Immigration is another one of those topics that lends itself to a cause and effect essay.

You might consider the impact of immigrants (either legal or illegal) in an entire country, one region, or one city. Or you might consider the impact of immigrants on an industry, such as farming.

You could also take another approach. Discuss what would happen to the economy if immigrants were no longer allowed to enter the country. Or conversely, you could discuss what would happen if current immigrants left the country.

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6. Trade policies

If you’re writing about trade policies, perhaps explain how policies impact one country. You could also try comparing and contrasting the policies of two or three different countries.

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