Classes

PED-307: Public Policy and Service Delivery in Weak States

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

Governments serve several functions key to economic development including correcting market failures, raising taxes, delivering services, and protecting property rights. Yet, particularly in poor countries, they often fail to do so effectively. This course we will review relevant theories both for why these failures happen and why they persist. We will also focus specifically on empirical case studies of policies and reforms that have proven effective in poor and in weakly institutionalized states, aiming to draw more general lessons for how to implement policy in these settings....

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API-201 B: Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

Course Overview

API-201 introduces a range of quantitative tools commonly used to inform public policy issues.  It covers descriptive statistics, probability theory, statistical inference, decision analysis, and regression analysis, with an emphasis on the ways in which they are applied to practical policy questions.  Our goal is that by the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Take a data set and a broad descriptive policy question (such as “what has happened to incomes in the US in the last 30 years?”), figure out the most appropriate...
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API-201 B: Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

Description

Introduces students to concepts and techniques essential to the analysis of public policy issues. Provides an introduction to probability, statistics, and decision analysis emphasizing the ways in which these tools are applied to practical policy questions. Topics include: descriptive statistics; basic probability; conditional probability; Bayes' rule; decision making under uncertainty; expected utility theory; sampling design; statistical inference; and hypothesis testing. The course also provides students an opportunity to become proficient...

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