Spring 2006 Course Description

Advanced Policy Economics

Section Title: Social Policy Evaluation
Instructor(s): Chandler Stolp
Course: P A 393L - Advanced Policy Economics
(previously Political Economy II)
Unique Number: 62655
Day & Time: Thursdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.109
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This course offers an introduction to the practical application of microeconomic principles and cutting-edge statistical techniques to the evaluation of social programs. The substantive focus will be on programs in health, education, welfare, and workforce training. Students will be invited to work through a series of concrete program evaluations conducted for a number of international and national organizations ranging from the World Bank and the Mexican and Bolivian governments, to the Appalachian Commission and the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council. While the course does touch on cost-benefit analysis (prospective evaluation before a program is in place), the primary focus is on the design and execution of program evaluations (the assessment of on-going programs or of programs after the fact). This will call for a solid treatment of:



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Readings draw from the literature on program evaluation, quasi-experimental design, and econometrics. The econometrics of evaluation has become a particularly exciting area of research in recent years. While oftentimes challenging, it has important implications on public policy analysis. Students will write occasional commentaries on real-world studies, analyze large real-world datasets, and be responsible for an empirically based term paper using the methods and techniques developed in the course.

Prerequisites: Open to qualified PhD and MPAff students. Requires basic microeconmic theory at the level of PE I. Students should be comfortable working with summation notation and learning basic matrix notation.

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