Spring 2007 Course Description

Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis

Section Title: Empirical Analysis of Survey Data
Instructor(s): Cynthia Osborne
Course: P A 397C - Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis
(previously Applied Quantitative Analysis II)
Unique Number: 63675
Day & Time: Thursdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.330A
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This course will teach students to interpret, analyze, and write an empirical research paper. The course is designed for students who will pursue a career in research or policy analysis and will emphasize applied research methods rather than theory.

Using data from the longitudinal Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study (See Note), students will:



Student will learn:

An empirical research paper will be the final product, but we will work on the various components of the paper over the course of the semester, and each section will be graded separately.

Note:The Fragile Families Study is a longitudinal, birth cohort survey that interviewed 5000 low-income, urban mothers (and 80% of the fathers) in the hospital at the birth of their child. 3500 of the mothers were unmarried. The mothers (and fathers) were reinterviewed when the child was age 1, 3, and 5, and information on the child?s health and behavioral outcomes was gathered on the child at ages 3 and 5. The data provide a rich set of variables to explore various dimensions of poverty, social policy, and families living in disadvantaged environments including employment, welfare, incarceration, family formation, child care, parenting, health, and child well-being. Students who have access to their own data sets may gain approval to substitute those data for the Fragile Families data.

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