Public Policy (Division 396)


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.
529/Poli. Sci. 529. Statistics. Permission of instructor. No previous course work in statistics is required, but a prior calculus course or concurrent enrollment in Math 413. (3). (Excl).
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). (Chamberlin)
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556/Econ. 556. Macroeconomics. (4). (Excl).
The course analyzes the determinants of a country's living standards in the long run and how a country can influence those standards by its saving-investment policies. It explains how business cycles arise and how they can or cannot be stabilized by policy actions. It also analyzes inflation, unemployment, the balance of trade, exchange rates, interest rates, and other widely-watched indicators of economic success. The course gives students a chance to act as policy makers. Students break into small groups, pick a country, and analyze that country's macroeconomic problems: inflation; budget deficits; unemployment; private investments; and trade deficits. (Deardorff)
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573/Econ. 573. Benefit-Cost Analysis. Econ. 555. (4). (Excl).
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. (Deardorff)
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586/Poli. Sci. 586. Organizational Design. (3). (Excl).
This course is designed to help students understand organizations from several perspectives. One perspective is that of a person who will be working in an organization. A second perspective is that of a policy analyst whose job it is to do analyses that are organizationally sensitive and to propose appropriate solutions to organizational problems. A third perspective is that of a manager responsible for making decisions that affect the well-being of the organization and its members. The course presents theory and opportunities for practice relevant to these perspectives. (Mohr)
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