Formulate a theory about the correlation between measurable independent variables (causes) and one measurable dependent variable (the effect). Be sure to have at least three independent variables for the proposed research paper. The topic proposal should include the following four items which serve as the foundation for the final research paper after instructor feedback is given:

  • Purpose Statement:
    • In one paragraph, state the correlation and identify the primary independent variables. Make sure to identify and defend the “primary” independent variable, or the variable believed to have the strongest impact on the dependent variable.
  • Definition of Variables:
    • For each variable, write a single definition paragraph talking about the variable. Paragraphs should be in this order: dependent variable, primary independent variable, and two (or more) independent variables.

In addition to defining the independent variables, defend why each determines the dependent variable.
For the primary independent variable, at least four research sources that discuss the variable also must be cited. These sources need not be technical documents but should contain evidence to justify the relationship between the primary independent variable and the dependent variable. List these sources in the Works Cited (reference) page.
**Note: Citations from encyclopedias, Wikipedia, blogs, abstracts, or non-governmental websites are not acceptable research sources.

  • Data Description
    • For each of the variables, at least 30 observations of cross-sectional or time-series data must be obtained. Thus for the final research paper, a data matrix that is at least 30 rows by numbers of variables must be presented.

In one paragraph, identify the data sources and describe the data (i.e., which government agencies supply the data, which methods are used to compile them, when they were collected, etc.).

  • References