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And what is the difference between disadvantages and evaluation when it comes to discussing whether a policy is effective?
I'm so confused, can anybody help? Thanks in advance
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Can anyone help me pls!! I'm soooooo confused
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Evaluation is a contradiction to your point for instance:

Tax is bad
Tax actually might not be bad

Tax is good
Actually it might not be good
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Evaluation is a contradiction to your point for instance:

Tax is bad
Tax actually might not be bad

Tax is good
Actually it might not be good
Then what’s the difference between disadvantage and evaluation?
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Then what’s the difference between disadvantage and evaluation?
If the point you're making is that something is bad / a disadvantage, then to evaluate that, you would say why it is or can actually be good / an advantage.

i.e. you give the opposite side of the argument. It's like debating it with yourself

So if in the 'extract' you're given, there are more points on why the policy is INEFFECTIVE, you might make points on why it is ineffective. To evaluate those points, you would argue why it can be effective.

If instead in the extract you're given, there are more points on why the policy is EFFECTIVE, you might make your main points on why it is effective as well. To evaluate those points, you would have to argue why it can be ineffective.

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If the point you're making is that something is bad / a disadvantage, then to evaluate that, you would say why it is or can actually be good / an advantage.

i.e. you give the opposite side of the argument. It's like debating it with yourself

So if in the 'extract' you're given, there are more points on why the policy is INEFFECTIVE, you might make points on why it is ineffective. To evaluate those points, you would argue why it can be effective.

If instead in the extract you're given, there are more points on why the policy is EFFECTIVE, you might make your main points on why it is effective as well. To evaluate those points, you would have to argue why it can be ineffective.

Make sense?
Yes I know that I did do what you mentioned but my teacher said that there was no evaluation in my essay at all. She said that there is a difference between disadvantages and evaluation.
E.g
Disadvantage:costly, time consuming.
Evaluation:Whether government have the ability to keep providing time and money
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Yes I know that I did do what you mentioned but my teacher said that there was no evaluation in my essay at all. She said that there is a difference between disadvantages and evaluation.
E.g
Disadvantage:costly, time consuming.
Evaluation:Whether government have the ability to keep providing time and money
Evaluation has to be about the exact same point:

Division of labour is good because it improves productivity.

Evaluation: Productivity may actually not improve in the long term as tasks are mundane and so with lower worker satisfaction they may become demotivated and so less productive.

Disadvantage: Division of labour could result in structural unemployment if employees were let go. This would be bad for the economy because....


As you can see there’s a difference between evaluation and disadvantage. The evaluation contradicts the main point. The disadvantage gives a whole new point all together
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Evaluation has to be about the exact same point:

Division of labour is good because it improves productivity.

Evaluation: Productivity may actually not improve in the long term as tasks are mundane and so with lower worker satisfaction they may become demotivated and so less productive.

Disadvantage: Division of labour could result in structural unemployment if employees were let go. This would be bad for the economy because....


As you can see there’s a difference between evaluation and disadvantage. The evaluation contradicts the main point. The disadvantage gives a whole new point all together
So if a question asked how government can increases PES of agricultural goods, you first explain how a method works then disadvantage of the method and then it may not be effective to increase PES because...
For example, explain how buffer stock scheme works to increase PES, but it needs a high storage costs, the effectiveness depends on the nature of the good(whether it is perishable or not).
Is this correct?
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So if a question asked how government can increases PES of agricultural goods, you first explain how a method works then disadvantage of the method and then it may not be effective to increase PES because...
For example, explain how buffer stock scheme works to increase PES, but it needs a high storage costs, the effectiveness depends on the nature of the good(whether it is perishable or not).
Is this correct?
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No just say how the method might not have an effect don’t need the disadvantage bit and that counts as a whole point
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And what is the difference between disadvantages and evaluation when it comes to discussing whether a policy is effective?
I'm so confused, can anybody help? Thanks in advance
Ok, to start off with, think about what Evaluation actually is. In A-Level Economics, evaluation is a demonstration of critical thinking about the topic at hand. What you are trying to demonstrate in an evaluative answer is evidence that you aren't just reciting from the textbook, but are capable of thinking of understanding multiple perspectives and can write higher-order analysis independently.

From this, you should be able to understand why many people use disadvantages as evaluative points. I would always caution that whilst listing disadvantages are fine, you should really add a personal judgement of whether one outweighs the other that links with the chain of reasoning you used for the original point. This, again, demonstrates that what you've said doesn't come from a textbook.

But are disadvantages the only evaluative points? No. There are the "It depends on..." answers which are also perfectly valid because it's an acknowledgement that one scenario isn't necessarily equal/perfectly applicable to another. Linked to this, a look at the actual significance of the original points is a great evaluative tool as well.

Hope this gives a clearer idea of evaluation and how best to apply it. I guess to answer your question in a short and sweet manner, many disadvantages are evaluative points, but not all evaluative points are disadvantages.
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Ok, to start off with, think about what Evaluation actually is. In A-Level Economics, evaluation is a demonstration of critical thinking about the topic at hand. What you are trying to demonstrate in an evaluative answer is evidence that you aren't just reciting from the textbook, but are capable of thinking of understanding multiple perspectives and can write higher-order analysis independently.

From this, you should be able to understand why many people use disadvantages as evaluative points. I would always caution that whilst listing disadvantages are fine, you should really add a personal judgement of whether one outweighs the other that links with the chain of reasoning you used for the original point. This, again, demonstrates that what you've said doesn't come from a textbook.

But are disadvantages the only evaluative points? No. There are the "It depends on..." answers which are also perfectly valid because it's an acknowledgement that one scenario isn't necessarily equal/perfectly applicable to another. Linked to this, a look at the actual significance of the original points is a great evaluative tool as well.

Hope this gives a clearer idea of evaluation and how best to apply it. I guess to answer your question in a short and sweet manner, many disadvantages are evaluative points, but not all evaluative points are disadvantages.
Thank you so much I understand it now.
But I just can not think of any evaluative points like “it depends on ..” besides “it depends on time period under consideration.”
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