Graduate Classes

PED-101: Economic Development: Theory, Evidence, and Policy Design

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015
Instructors: Asim Khwaja, Rohini Pande, Dani Rodrik
Faculty Assistants: Amanda LaPorta (Khwaja, Pande), 
This course provides a graduate-level overview of the theory of, and evidence on, economic development and the design of development policy. The course will identify key features of the development process across countries, and then combine an analytical framework with rigorous empirical evidence to identify when and how public policies can enable economic growth and development.

PED-102: Economic Development: Using Analytical Frameworks for Smart Policy Design

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2015

Instructors: Asim Khwaja, Rohini Pande, Lant Pritchett
Faculty Assistants: Amanda LaPorta (Khwaja, Pande), James Chaknis (Pritchett)

This semester-long course examines how economic theory and rigorous evidence can be harnessed to design development policies that respond to market and political failures in developing economies. The course builds on the analytical framework and evidence base provided in PED-101 (which is a prerequisite).

Public Economics in International Perspective

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2015

Instructors: Monica Singhal
Faculty Assistant: Gina Abbadessa (617) 496-9053

Explores the causes and consequences of differences among governments' alternative approaches to fundamental public policy issues. Takes a cross-country comparative approach to study topics including the role of the government in the economy, social insurance, welfare, retirement systems, health care, fiscal federalism, local public goods, tax efficiency, and tax reform.

Economic Analysis of Public Policy

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2015

Instructors: Monica Singhal
Faculty Assistant: Gina Abbadessa (617)496-9053

This course builds on API-101 to develop microeconomic tools of analysis for policy problems through various policy applications. The course is broadly focused on evaluating the rationale for government intervention in the economy and evaluating the efficiency, incentive, and distributional effects of government policies.

Second Year Policy Analysis Seminar

Offered: 

2014

Instructors: Ishac Diwan, Rema Hanna, Michael Walton
Faculty Assistants: Michael Weinbeck (Diwan), Trudi Bostian (Hanna), Lisa MacPhee (Walton)

This is a required second-year paper for students in the MPA/ID program, aimed at integrating course work through the application of analytic tools to a policy and institutional problem. The goal is to produce recommendations for policymakers that are technically rigorous, practical, and politically relevant.

Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

Instructors: Michael Callen
Faculty Assistant: Trudi Bostian

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.

Policy Analysis

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

Instructors: Dan Levy, Laura Diaz Anadon

This module gives students training and practice in the skills of applied policy analysis. It will equip them to define problems systematically, and to select and apply analytical tools, in the service of better policy decisions. Put differently, and more briefly, it aims to inculcate the characteristic MPP habit of mind.

PED-101: Economic Development: Theory, Evidence, and Policy Design

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014
Instructors: Asim Khwaja, Rohini Pande, Lant Pritchett
Faculty Assistants: Amanda LaPorta (Khwaja, Pande), Harrison Muskat (Pritchett)
This course provides a graduate-level overview of the theory of, and evidence on, economic development and the design of development policy. The course will identify key features of the development process across countries, and then combine an analytical framework with rigorous empirical evidence to identify when and how public policies can enable economic growth and development.

Advanced Quantitative Methods I

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

Instructors: Dan Levy
Faculty Assistant: Mae Klinger (617) 495-4725

The goal of this course is to prepare you to analyze public policy issues using statistics. Key topics in the course are in the areas of probability theory, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis. While many students taking this class will have already taken courses in statistical inference and regression analysis, this course will probably place a much stronger emphasis than typical courses on conceptually understanding the underlying methods.

Institutions and Development

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

Instructors: Ryan Sheely
Faculty Assistants: Trudi Bostian (Sheely)

Provides an introduction to the role that institutions play in the practice of international development, drawing on theory and evidence from the field of comparative politics and a variety of other social scientific disciplines. Emphasizes using these theories and concepts to develop applied frameworks that are relevant to policy analysts, managers, and activists.

Empirical Methods II

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014

Instructors: Joshua Goodman, Rema Hanna, Daniel Shoag
Faculty Assistants: Trudi Bostian (Hanna)

The purpose of this course is to equip you with the tools necessary to tackle issues that involve the empirical analysis of public policy problems of the sort you might encounter in a professional environment. Specifically, the course introduces you to the use of multiple regression analysis and program evaluation for analyzing data in the social sciences. The emphasis is on empirical applications.

Economic Analysis of Public Policy

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014

Instructors: Monica Singhal
Faculty Assistant: Gina Abbadessa (617)496-9053

This course builds on API-101 to develop microeconomic tools of analysis for policy problems through various policy applications. The course is broadly focused on evaluating the rationale for government intervention in the economy and evaluating the efficiency, incentive, and distributional effects of government policies.

Empirical Methods II

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014

Instructors: Amitabh Chandra
Faculty Assistant: Wendy Carney (617)384-9001

Intended as a continuation of API-201, this course equips students with an understanding of common tools of empirical analysis in policy applications. Much of the learning will take place through hands-on analysis of data sets.

Proseminar on Inequality and Social Policy II

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014

Instructors: Amitabh Chandra, Jason Beckfield
Faculty Assistant: Wendy Carney (617)384-9001

One part examines the challenges facing the United States in the area of healthcare: how does the nation balance the challenges of insuring the uninsured, reducing disparities, ensuring access to high-quality care, while ensuring that innovations that are valuable continue to be developed. Another part considers the political dynamics of modern western democracies with regard to major social policies.

Doctoral Seminar in the Economics of Health and Medical Care

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014

Instructors: Amitabh Chandra

Focuses on theory, econometric models, and public policy of health care. Frontier work in health economics will be presented and discussed by instructors and outside speakers. Topics covered will include public and private investments in health, hospital, and physician models, markets and competition in health care, and regulation and financing of hospital services.