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Spring 2014 - 63780 - PA397C - Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis

Applied Regression

Instructor(s): Zarnikau, Jay
Unique Number: 63780
Day & Time: W 6:00 pm -9:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.355/314
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Course Overview

In addition to the Introduction to Empirical Methods course in the common core, MPAff students are required to take another three-hour course in quantitative analysis, selected from among a set of courses focusing on the application of quantitative theory and techniques to policy analysis. Topics offered vary from year to year but include econometrics, demographic techniques, systems analysis, simulation modeling, and quantitative indicator methods. As the second course in the two-course MPAff quantitative sequence, this course is intended to provide students with an in-depth understanding and hands-on experience with a specific quantitative method useful in policy analysis. This course is usually taken during the second semester of the first year.

Section Description

This class will explore how various regression modeling techniques can be used to study practical problems and issues in the social sciences and public policy.

The focus of this class is on statistical modeling concepts and how to analyze different problems and data sets.  Little attention will be devoted to formal proofs and derivations. The content of this course will be very similar to an introductory Econometrics course, but we will use less mathematics than is typically use