Macroeconomics Reading Response

This assignment consists of two parts:
Part 1:Please go to and select an article to write about. At the very top of the page there is a drop-down menu that says “Articles by Topic”, or if you prefer you can scroll down through the homepage to find articles that way. There is a category called “Poverty and Economic Development” that has many articles relevant to economics, but you don’t have to restrict yourself to just that category—anything that you are interested in that you think is related in some way to economics is just fine! Some articles are just stubs with data and preliminary analysis, while some are fully written up by the Our World in Data authors. You don’t have to fully read every word of your chosen article if it’s very long! Focus on the parts that most interest you.
For your chosen article please respond to the following:1. Tell us what article you chose to write about and a couple of sentences with a takeaway from it that you could use to describe it to someone.2. What was a fact or finding that you found particularly interesting, surprising, or confusing? Why? For that fact or finding, where did the data come from that the authors used?3. If you were to develop your interest in what you found, what questions or sources of information would you like to investigate or explore further? This could be about a particular context that is important to you, or a particular public policy question that you think might be important or interesting.
Please write around 275-300 words for this part.
Part 2:Please select either “13,000 Economists. 1 Question ( or “Theory Vs. Reality: Why Our Economic Behavior Isn’t Always Rational (” from topic 2. Both are podcasts (with transcripts available to read). The first one has interviews with economists about what they consider the single most important idea in economics, and the second is an interview with two behavioral economists about their work at the intersection of psychology and economics. [This field of econ is about questions like: In what ways are people fallible or quirky in their decision making? How selfish are people and does it depend on the setting? How can we understand phenomena like procrastination, altruism, or motivated reasoning?]
1. What were one or two of the studies or ideas mentioned that you found particularly interesting, confusing, or surprising? Why?2. What is a situation from the real world or from your prior studies in other subjects that came to mind as you listened (or, if not, try to think of one now)? How does that situation relate to the ideas you heard and what can we learn from that?