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Spring 2014 - 63765 - PA397C - Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis

Advanced Methods for Global Policy Studies

Instructor(s): Lincove, Jane Arnold
Unique Number: 63765
Day & Time: M 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.355/314
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Course Overview

In addition to the Introduction to Empirical Methods course in the common core, MPAff students are required to take another three-hour course in quantitative analysis, selected from among a set of courses focusing on the application of quantitative theory and techniques to policy analysis. Topics offered vary from year to year but include econometrics, demographic techniques, systems analysis, simulation modeling, and quantitative indicator methods. As the second course in the two-course MPAff quantitative sequence, this course is intended to provide students with an in-depth understanding and hands-on experience with a specific quantitative method useful in policy analysis. This course is usually taken during the second semester of the first year.

Section Description

This course will provide a foundation for rigorous quantitative analysis of global policies based in the principles of economic theory.  It is designed for MGPS students seeking additional quantitative training after PA397G.  Students will apply quantitative methods using national, community, and household data sets related to international governance, economic development, public health, human capital, natural resources, and other global policy topics.  Instruction will focus on the theory and application of methods such as advanced regression analysis, principal components and factor analysis, decision analysis, and valuation for social cost-benefit analysis.  Assignments will include problem sets, exams, and applied analytical projects. 

Prerequisites:  Analytic Methods (PA397 or PA397G) AND Microeconomics (PA 393G or PA 393K) AND familiarity with calculus and STATA statistical software.