Classes

Advanced Microeconomics and Policy Analysis

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2015

This course presents microeconomic analysis applied to public policy problems with an emphasis on public economics. Public economics (also known as public finance) analyzes the “impact of public policy on the allocation of resources and the distribution of income in the economy.” In this course we will cover the fundamentals of expenditure theory, determine the preferences for public goods, the internalization of externalities, and the role of imperfect competition and asymmetric information in the provision of public goods.

Health Policy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

The aims of this course are to give students an overview of healthcare system policies and provide them with the skills necessary to provide evaluations of health policy decisions and proposals using the SAS statistical software package. We will begin with a history of the U.S. healthcare system, an examination of the role of government, and discuss the requirements of health policy analysts. Next, our discussions will move to the demand for medical care, the demand for health medical insurance, public insurance schemes, and private insurance schemes.

Quantitative Analysis of Policy Issues

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014

The aim of this course is to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze, interpret, and present data for policy decision-making using the Stata statistical software package. We will begin the course with a review of linear regression, multiple regression, and non-linear regression. Next, our discussions will move on to instrumental variables estimation, natural experiments, and panel data methods.