ECON 2456 Wiki Project
Updated: 2012-04-10

As mentioned in the syllabus, 40% of your final grade in ECON 2456 will be based on your contributions to EconWiki: 20% based on meeting a series of milestones and 20% based on the overall quality of your contribution.

When in doubt, the policies and practices at Wikipedia are a good example to follow. EconWiki runs on the same software (Mediawiki) as Wikipedia, so most techniques for editing will work the same. (However, not all extensions and templates installed at Wikipedia are also installed at EconWiki.)

Your contributions to EconWiki will be made under the same Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License used at Wikipedia. Many other sites (e.g. Flickr) also contain content available under this license. You may copy this content for use on EconWiki so long as you acknowledge it properly in your edit comment or file information. However, please take care to copy only high-quality content: this means content that contains proper citations to reputable sources.

Everything you write should be properly cited—if possible, to an online source where the facts can easily be verified. When possible, cite the original sources, not a secondary source. For example, if an article makes a claim about the population or GDP of the United States, you could cite the article. But it would be even better to verify the information in a source like the Statistical Abstract of the US or the Economic Report of the President and cite that instead.


  1. March 21: Make an edit to your user page on EconWiki.
  2. April 12: Create and/or make a significant contribution to an article related to the book you reviewed. (This could be an article about the book itself, about one of the central themes of the book, or about the author's research in general.)
  3. April 17: Create and make a significant contribution to an article about poverty and inequality in any country other than the US. (If someone has already created an article about your favorite country, choose another country to meet this milestone.)
  4. April 19: Create and/or make a significant contribution to an article related to poverty and inequality in the US.
  5. April 24: Make at least ten contributions to articles other than the ones above. (These could be articles other students have created, or other articles you have created.) If you create an original graph that illustrates a relevant statistic and properly cites the source of the data, that will count for five contributions.
  6. April 26: Reach at least 50 total edits. Edits to test pages or your user page don't count, but up to 20 minor edits (such as correcting typos or fixing formatting) do.

For our purposes, "contribution" means adding content that includes at least one citation to a high-quality source; "significant contribution" means writing at least a paragraph or two of well-researched text, citing multiple high-quality sources.

For items 2-5 above, make an entry on the discussion page for your user profile linking to the page(s) that meet(s) the milestone.

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