Select an industry that interests you, describe that industry, and explain how government might impact the
Start by choosing an industry that interests you.
Remember that an industry is a group of companies that do the same thing. For example, Ford is a company;
automobile manufacturing is an industry.
Choose a microeconomic variable for your industry.
It could be prices, sales, production, advertising, or investment.
Do some research and find three years of this microeconomic variable for your industry.
For example, you might find automobile sales data for 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Go to the Census Bureau (NAICS) website and select an industry that has a description. Some of the smaller
industries are named, but not described.
The industry could be broad, such as industry 11 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting, or it could be
narrow, such as industry 112112 Cattle Feedlots. The more digits in the industry label, the narrower the
Prepare an Excel spreadsheet that has two columns and four rows. In cell A1, type in the industry you selected
and bold the text. In the heading for cell A2, type “Year.” In cells A3, A4, and A5 descending below this
heading, type the years for your data. In the automobile example, this would be 2017, 2018, and 2019.
In the heading for column two, cell B2, type the name of the variable you chose. For example, it could be
“Sales.” In the cells below this heading, type the sales data for each of the three years.
Underneath your table, type “Source:” Then paste the URL of the source where you found your data.
Resources to Complete the Assignment
Business Source Complete.
This database has an option to search the Publication Type of “Industry Profile.”
How to Use Business Source Complete.
This instructional video illustrates how to use Business Source Complete.
D&B’s Business Directory.
Using this site, you can search by industry, get a profile of the industry, and see top companies.
Fortune 500 Directory.
You can find information on the top companies in most categories.
Microeconomic Case Study Instructions with Excel Example [DOCX].
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