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Fall '00 Course Guide

Courses in Public Policy Studies (Division 396)

Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

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Courses in Public Policy are listed in the Time Schedule under the School of Public Policy.

The following courses count as LS&A courses for LS&A degree credit.


PPS 529/Poli. Sci. 529. Statistics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Stanley Sedo

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prior coursework in calculus or concurrent enrollment in Math 413, and permission of instructor. Previous coursework in statistics is not required. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course covers descriptive statistics, probability theory, probability distributions (normal, binomial, Poisson, exponential), sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and simple regression analysis. It also includes an introduction to experimental design and to Bayesian decision analysis. The emphasis in the course in on preparing competent users and consumers of basic statistics. Some attention is paid to the mathematical underpinnings of statistical theory so that students will be prepared to go on to the SPP econometrics course (SPP 571).

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

PPS 555/Econ. 555. Microeconomics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Carl Simon

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course deals with the application of basic microeconomic analysis to public policy issues. The principal goal is to teach students the process of economic reasoning and how to apply that reasoning to policy issues in the real world. The course covers the basic topics in microeconomic theory: consumer theory, production theory, market models of perfect competition, monopoly, and oligopoly. Some calculus will be used without apology along with a great deal of algebra and graphical analysis.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

PPS 573/Econ. 573. Benefit-Cost Analysis.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kerwin Charles

Prerequisites & Distribution: Econ. 555. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course teaches students how to evaluate government programs. It covers the mechanics of benefit-cost analysis, how scarce or unemployed resources should be priced, the choice of a proper time discount rate, treatment of income distribution issues, environmental benefits, intergovernmental grants, and regulatory problems. A concluding section handles some methodological issues such as the optimal scale of an investigation and the potentials of social experimentation. An essential part of the course is a term project each student selects a program and evaluates it.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

PPS 585/Poli. Sci. 585. Political Environment of Policy Analysis.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ann Lin

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to the political constraints that influence the creation and implementation of domestic public policy in the United States. The topics which will be covered include agenda-setting and political framing; Congress, executive agencies, and the judiciary; and state and local constraints upon implementation. The difference between issue analysis and issue politics is a focus of the course. This course is required for all first-year domestic-track MPP students at SPP. Students from other departments must attend the first class meeting to obtain permission to register from the instructor.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

PPS 585/Poli. Sci. 585. Political Environment of Policy Analysis.

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Dan Carpenter

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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