Spring 2006 Course Description

Advanced Policy Economics

Section Title: Education Policy and Labor Markets
Instructor(s): Jane Lincove
Course: P A 393L - Advanced Policy Economics
(previously Political Economy II)
Unique Number: 62651
Day & Time: Thursdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.110
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This course will take an international comparative approach to policies that promote human capital. We will examine the intersection of education policy and labor market policy, looking at how education and work influence economic growth and change the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Cases will be drawn from both developing and developed countries with the goal of identifying institutional and cultural conditions for successful policy implementation. Students will develop skills for comparative policy analysis with attention to economic efficiency, distributional equity, and institutional context.

This course is appropriate for students with interests in education, labor, social welfare, and international development. Depending on student interests, topics from education policy may include: universal primary education, educational equity, financing higher education, decentralization, and neoliberal education reforms (vouchers, school choice, etc.). Topics from labor policy may include: globalization, workforce development, child labor, wage regulations, job training, child care, welfare, and family leave policies.

Requirements: Students will complete a comparative study of an education or labor policy in two countries, states, or cities. The final project will be the culmination of four smaller assignments throughout the semester: 1) comparison of indicator statistics for education; 2) comparison of indicator statistics for labor; 3) comparison of institutional context and governance capacity; and 4) comparison of policy strategies. This gives students an opportunity to receive feedback on the project in stages. The final project will combine these pieces in a written report and presentation, with an added analysis of policy implications. Students will also be graded on class participation and policy memos assigned throughout the semester. There are no exams.

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