In Economics, students discuss a current topic of interest from an economist’s point of view by critically analyzing the economic insights and implications of their chosen articles.

Over the course of 2 years, students in both HL and SL compile 3-4 commentaries within their Economics Portfolio. The goal of this portfolio is for students to make connections between economic theory and their chosen articles. The goal is to deepen your understanding of micro and macroeconomic theories and their real-world applications. In the end you should be able to critique and discuss development issues faced by nations and people around the world.

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3 Keys to succeed

  • Each commentary must be written on a different topic, i.e. focus each commentary on either microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and/or development economics.
  • Elements like diagrams, statistical tables, formulae, equations and calculations are not included in the word-count, so use those to consolidate your content instead of explaining in words.
  • Definitions of economic terms and quotations must be given within the body of the commentary and are included in the word count.

Here are some very common mistakes students make while writing their Economics Commentaries:

  • Though students can identify concepts, they often forget to link their observations and understanding with relevant theoretical aspects. Econ - Common Mistakes - 2
  • While it is good to define terms and use them, it is equally important to link them with the existing occurrences within the commentary.Econ - Common Mistakes - 1
  • Superficial analyses and insufficient research are very often the reason behind unsuccessful commentaries. Econ - Common Mistakes - 3