Fall 2019  |  PA 5415 Section 001: Economics of Early Childhood Development (24006)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
1.5 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Second Half of Term
 
10/22/2019 - 12/11/2019
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 425
Enrollment Status:
Open (11 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Early childhood development (ECD) is examined from an economic perspective. Course focuses on the role of government in helping to promote ECD for purposes of social welfare and economic growth. Readings include studies of brain development as well as longitudinal studies of ECD. Students will become familiar with the importance of rigorous impact evaluations and the use of cost-benefit analysis as a tool for efficient resource allocation of child policies.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?arolnick+PA5415+Fall2019
Class Description:

In PA 5415 we examine early childhood development (ECD) from an economic perspective, viewing ECD as economic development. The course focuses on the role of government in helping to promote ECD for purposes of social welfare and economic growth. Readings include studies of early brain development as well as longitudinal studies of ECD.

Students will: a) become familiar with the role of government in a market economy with a specific focus on the role of ECD and human capital in general in economic growth and development; b) learn about the newer research from longitudinal studies of ECD as well as early brain development; and c) develop an understanding of the basic features of cost-benefit (or return on investment) analysis as a tool for efficient resource allocation. This course contributes to several learning objectives for the MPP program, especially (3) "to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve complex problems, and make decisions" and (4) "to understand the role of government in a market economy".
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students interested in the fields of education, early childhood, public policy, economics.
Learning Objectives:
1) Students will become familiar with the role of government in a market economy with a specific focus on the role of ECD and human capital in general in economic growth and development;
2) Students will learn about the newer research from longitudinal studies of ECD as well as early brain development
3) Students will develop an understanding of the basic features of cost-benefit (or return on investment) analysis as a tool for efficient resource allocation.

Grading:
Grading will be base on 200 points with 100 points for final exam; 60 points for four brief papers (1.5 - 2 pages); and 40 points for in class presentation.
Exam Format:
Final exam will be short essay questions requiring students to synthesize the materials covered in the class.
Class Format:
Class format will combine presentation and open class discussion.
Workload:
Reading of assigned text and related articles.
Presentation (20 minutes) - To be scheduled during the semester.
4 Reaction papers (1.5 - 2 pgs) - Students will submit reaction papers for 4 of 10 articles read.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/24006/1199
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/arolnick_PA5415_Fall2018.pdf (Fall 2018)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
30 April 2018

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