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2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 18, 2024
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
How can we improve the ability of society to choose between alternative policies? This course provides a framework to assess alternative policies on the dimensions of efficiency, equity, and political feasibility. The comparative institutional framework requires an interdisciplinary perspective which draws on economics, political science, and political economy. Throughout the course, we will consider how insights from these disciplines provide insight into the choices confronting policymakers seeking to bring society closer to their conception of the good life. The course is organized into three parts: an introduction to policy analysis; a framework for comparative markets and governments; and applications of the framework. One of the main goals of the course, besides mastering the material (as evidenced by an in-class midterm), is a series of papers applying these concepts as well as an original research paper conducting a policy analysis.
Academic Career: Graduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: Grad Letter Grade
Course Requirements: PREQ: PIA 2001 or 2008 or PIA 2022 or PIA 2024; PROG: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

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