Spring 2010 Course Description

Advanced Policy Economics

Section Title: Human Capital Theory and Application
Instructor(s): Christopher King
Course: P A 393L - Advanced Policy Economics
(previously Political Economy II)
Unique Number: 62680
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.355
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in human capital theory and its applications to contemporary policy issues and problems. The course will be run as a seminar with heavy reliance on weekly student presentations and discussions, as well preparation of a major paper on a human capital topic¸e.g., financing postsecondary education, employer/worker investments in job training¸to be determined.

Successful course completion should prepare students to perform advanced human capital analysis and pursue further study in related courses.

Required textbooks will include:


Extensive additional readings from published reports and economics and policy journals will be assigned as well.
Grades will be based on class participation and presentations (30%), a midterm exam (35%), and a term paper (35%).

October 2009

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