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Winter Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Courses in Public Policy Studies

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Winter Term, 2001 (January 4 April 26)

Open courses in Public Policy Studies
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Wolverine Access Subject listing for PUBPOL

Winter Term '01 Time Schedule for Public Policy Studies.

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.

PUBPOL 529/Poli. Sci. 529. Statistics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Martha B Aliaga (

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).

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PUBPOL 556/Econ. 556. Macroeconomics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kathryn Mary Dominguez (

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage:

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 (a) understand how to evaluate macroeconomic conditions such as unemployment, inflation, and growth (b) understand how monetary policy and fiscal policy can be used to influence macroeconomic conditions (c) 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 573/Econ. 573. Benefit-Cost Analysis.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kerwin K 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.

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