Econ 479

The Art of Writing, the Science of Economics

How to write an op-ed piece

Here‘s one set of suggestions, and here’s another.

In English, a winning argument will be founded on threes: here’s what I think we should do, and here are three good reasons for it. Here are three things we need to worry about, and here’s a solution. Here is the economic principle that should most guide us at this tumultuous moment, and here are three good things that will happen if we let it—or three bad things that will happen if we do not.

Get in the habit of reading op-ed pieces over breakfast. (Over lunch, if you’re not in the habit of eating breakfast.) Look for the argument, then look to see whether the author has bolstered it with three supporting points. If it’s a good op-ed piece, then the answer will likely be yes.


Written by gregorymcnamee

January 23, 2008 at 2:57 pm

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