Spring 2015 - 61355 - PA393L - Advanced Policy Economics
The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in human capital theory, its applications to contemporary policy issues and problems, as well as human capital critiques and alternative views. The course will be conducted as a seminar relying heavily on weekly student presentations, student-led discussions, and preparation of a major paper on a human capital topic—e.g., financing postsecondary education, employer/worker investments in job training, early childhood development—to be jointly determined. Successful course completion should prepare students to perform human capital analysis, contribute to informed policymaking and pursue further study in related courses.
Required textbooks will include the following, among others:
Peter Auer, Umit Efendioglu & Janine Leschke, Active Labour Market Policies Around the World: Coping with the Consequences of Globalization (International Labour Office, 2008, 2nd Ed.)
Peter Cappelli, Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It, The Wharton Digital Press, 2012)
Maureen Conway and Robert Giloth, Eds., Connecting People to Work: Workforce Intermediaries and Sector Strategies (American Assembly, 2014)
Harry J. Holzer, Julia I. Lane, David B. Rosenblum & Frederick Andersson, Where Are All the Good Jobs Going? What National and Local Job Quality and Dynamics Mean for U.S. Workers (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011)
Carl Van Horn, Working Scared (or Not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession, and Restoring the Shattered American Dream (Roman & Littlefield, 2013)
Zeynep Ton, The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits (Houghton Mifflin, 2014)
Extensive additional readings from economics and policy journals will be assigned as well.
Grades will be based on class participation and presentations (30%), a midterm exam (35%), and a research paper (35%).