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Winter Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Public Policy


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Winter Academic Term, 2002 (January 7 - April 26)

Open courses in Public Policy
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Winter Academic Term '02 Time Schedule for Public Policy .


PUBPOL 529 / POLSCI 529. Statistics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John Chamberlin (johnch@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/winter/pubpol/529/001.nsf

This course covers descriptive statistics, probability theory, probability distributions (normal, binomial, Poisson, exponential), sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. It also includes an introduction to experimental design. The emphasis in the course is 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 Ford School econometrics course (PUBPOL 571). No previous course work in statistics is required, but a prior calculus course or concurrent enrollment in PUBPOL 513 is a prerequisite.

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PUBPOL 540 / ECON 542. International Economic Policy.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kathryn Mary Dominguez (kathrynd@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Public Policy 555. Presumes prior or concurrent knowledge of intermediate macroeconomics. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~kathrynd/PUBPOL542page.html

This course provides an overview of international financial economics, developing analytic tools and concepts that can be used to analyze world economic policy debates. It covers the international implications of macroeconomic policies, international monetary arrangements and institutions, and stabilization programs for developing countries. Although the major emphasis of the course is on the macroeconomics of international economics, a portion of the course will also examine the microeconomic context. Topics will include the basic theories of international trade and factor movements and how trade and exchange rates determine the international balance of payments.

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PUBPOL 556 / ECON 556. Macroeconomics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kathryn Mary Dominguez (kathrynd@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~kathrynd/spp556page.html

This course will teach students the basic tools of macroeconomics and apply them to real world economic policy. The goals of the course are for students to:

  1. understand how to evaluate macroeconomic conditions such as unemployment, inflation, and growth
  2. understand how monetary policy and fiscal policy can be used to influence macroeconomic conditions
  3. understand media accounts of macroeconomic events.

The course will cover a broad range of topics in macroeconomic policy. Examples of issues to be discussed include the role of fiscal and monetary policies in stabilizing the economy, the relationship between inflation and unemployment, the role of government policy in promoting long-term economic growth, monetary and fiscal policies in an open economy, deficits and debt, and European Monetary Union. The course will be structured around the tools (models) of macroeconomics, using primarily graphs, and occasionally equations. However, motivation for these tools, and examples of their use will always be taken from current and recent real-world macroeconomics events and conditions. This course is limited to 35 students, and Ford School students will be given first preference. Prerequisite: PUBPOL555 or Economics 401 (Intermediate Microeconomics), or the equivalent.

Text: Mankiw, N. Gregory, Macroeconomics, 4th Edition, New York: Worth Publishers, 1999.

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PUBPOL 571 / ECON 571. Applied Econometrics.

Section 001 is for Public Policy Students.

Instructor(s): John Di Nardo (jdinardo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/winter/pubpol/571/001.nsf

This course is an introduction to econometric methods and their use in policy analysis. Most of the course focuses on multiple regression analysis, beginning with ordinary least squares estimation, and then considers the implications and treatment of serial correlation, heteroskedasticity, specification error, and measurement error. The course also provides an introduction to simultaneous equations models, time series analysis, models for binary dependent variables, and methods for longitudinal analysis.

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PUBPOL 571 / ECON 571. Applied Econometrics.

Section 002 Section 002 is for Economics Students.

Instructor(s): Stan Sedo (sasedo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Economics 571.002.

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PUBPOL 572 / ECON 572. Policy Models.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John Di Nardo (jdinardo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Public Policy 571. Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/winter/pubpol/572/001.nsf

In this course we will study a number of topics in both the theory and application of Econometrics, with an emphasis on microeconomic issues. These topics fall roughly into three categories, Systems of Equations and Panel Data (Part I), Simultaneous Equations Models (Part II), and models with limited dependent variables (Part III).

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PUBPOL 573 / ECON 573. Benefit-Cost Analysis.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kerwin Charles (kcharles@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Econ. 555. (3).

Credits: (3).

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 proper time-discount rates, treatment of income distribution issues, environmental benefits, intergovernmental grants, and regulatory problems. An essential part of the course is a term project each student selects a program and does a benefit-cost evaluation of it.

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PUBPOL 638 / POLSCI 638. Field Training.

Section 001 Integrated Policy Exercise. (1 credit). Meets January 7-11, 2002.

Instructor(s): John Chamberlin (johnch@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-6). May be elected twice for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/winter/pubpol/638/001.nsf

Integrated Policy Exercise (IPE) is an intensive week-long project that involves all students and a team of faculty in the detailed examination of a current policy topic. (SPP 638 is a 1-credit course that MPP students must take twice, during both their first and second winter terms in the program.)

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PUBPOL 730 / POLSCI 730 / DOC 818. Women and Employment Policy.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mary Corcoran (marycor@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.spp.umich.edu/courses/syllabi/736syl.htm

This course reviews the literature on sex differences from biological, social, and legal standpoints. Students examine and evaluate the major economic, sociological, and psychological explanations of wage differences and the evidence for these explanations. Finally, students investigate five areas of public policy and employment; comparable worth, affirmative action, sexual harassment, minority women, and sexual orientation.

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PUBPOL 732 / POLSCI 734 / EDUC 764. Public Policy in Postsecondary Education.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michael Nettles (nettlesm@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course examines contemporary higher education public policy issues and provides a general introduction to the policymaking process in the United States. It illustrates the creative tension that characterizes the American federal system and the interplay of different levels and branches of government as they formulate and implement higher education policy. The course will focus on state policy issues as well as on federal higher education policy. Special attention will be given to the topic of affirmative action and public policy. The course will include presentations by guest speakers who will address current issues relating to public policy and higher education.

The course has two parts. The first consists of readings and class discussions about public policymaking in general and major higher education policies in particular. The second part consists of in-depth policy analysis briefings that will be conducted by the students.

Course Objectives. The aims of this course include:

  1. To develop an understanding of public policymaking, especially the processes of the legislative and executive branches and the relative influence of state and national governments on postsecondary education;
  2. To examine the roles of key public officials, interest groups, political parties, the media, and public opinion;
  3. To become familiar with the policy issues that are shaping the future of American postsecondary education;
  4. To determine the utility of theoretical and conceptual models of policymaking;
  5. To examine how public policies have affected the use of affirmative action in higher education;
  6. To enhance skills for analysis and advocacy of public policies, especially policy research; interview skills; critical thinking about policy dilemmas; and precise, persuasive, succinct public speaking and writing.

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PUBPOL 770 / HISTORY 772. Seminar in American Social History.

Section 001 History & Domestic Policy Making.

Instructor(s): Maris Vinovskis (vinovski@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History 772.001.

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