Fall 2022 - 61015 - PA 393K - Applied Microeconomics for Policy Analysis
APPLIED MICROECO FOR POLICY ANALYSIS
This is an introductory microeconomics course with an emphasis on public policy applications, both international and domestic. Economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources. The course will illustrate how private markets work to do this efficiently, from the perspective of both consumers and firms. We will then learn about “market failures,” the conditions under which markets generally do not allocate goods and services efficiently. Much of public policy analysis focuses on situations of market failure, since these are common justifications for government intervention. While the course will strongly emphasize mastery of the basic building blocks of microeconomics, particularly at the beginning, we’ll talk as often as we can about specific public policy applications and examples. Our goal is for you to become fluent consumers of economic information and analysis, and for you to develop the skills to contribute confidently to basic microeconomic policy discussions in your careers.