wow, im impressed. thanks for the suggestions. I was actually considering something like what you mentioned Maxim. sorry 'bout not responding to any of your posts, i've been doing a paper/day for atleast the last week or so, and the eco one isnt due for another week or two, so that sat on the back burner for a bit.
Anyway, heres the assingment:
You are to analyzze an American (not necessarily...) firm or industry of your choosing, one that has undergone nothworthy changes in recent years. Use whatever time span you feel appropriate, but the events under analysis should be fairly recent. Include some history of the firm, but keep it to a minimum.
Discuss the demand characteristics of the product, i.e. - is it a normal, superior, or inferior good? us the demand elastic or inelastic? what are its substitutes or complimentary goods?
You must include a discussion of the industry's market structure (important). Explain why it appears to be perfectly competitive, monopolistic, ogopolistic, or monopolistically competitve.
Some data should be included, such as: sales revenues, market share, # of outlets, etc. to support your analysis.
some sources she recommended are: the wall street journal, boston globe, ny times, business week, fortune - among others (if you guys have any links to cycle-relevant articles in these mags, that would help a lot).
i dont know, sounds like a lotta work. 7-10 pages. I was thinking about doing something on how harley seems to break alotta rules of thumb regarding elasticity and stuff. any suggestions are welcomed though. thanks again -- matt