Spring 2021  |  PA 5022 Section 001: Applications of Economics for Policy Analysis -- Stratification Economics (65443)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
9 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Public Policy major and minor or Human Rights major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Mon 01:00PM - 03:45PM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Open (14 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Application of economic reasoning to a wide range of contemporary public policy issues. The following topically-focused courses also fulfill the MPP economics requirement: PA 5431: Public Policies on Work and Pay, PA 5503: Economics of Development, PA 5521: Development Planning and Policy Analysis, PA 5722: Economics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy, and PA 5805: Global Economics. prereq: 5021 or equiv
Class Notes:
Class will be offered REMOTELY. Class will meet synchronously-online during Spring 2021 during the scheduled time. http://classinfo.umn.edu/?myers006+PA5022+Spring2021
Class Description:

"Stratification Economics and Public Policy"

PA5022 - Spring 2021

M: 1-3:45 pm

Stratification economics differs from conventional neoclassical economics and its related offspring of behavioral economics because it does not assume that the nature of inequality arises solely via rational choices made in competitive markets. Rather, it posits structural and historical processes that impede the ability of marginalized groups to gain access to markets. One of the key insights from stratification economics is that conventional policy mechanisms (e.g. deterrence policies in the criminal justice system) don't work because they fail to take account of the legacy of inequality (e.g. convict lease systems and vagrancy laws)

The arguments in favor of reparations, baby bonds, universal health care can be viewed and examined using the methods and techniques of stratification economics. This course introduces students to some new methodologies that complement their training in conventional economic analysis.


· A review of conventional microeconomic approaches to policy analysis, including the core assumptions and key conclusions

· Summary and critique of the conventional microeconomic approach

· The historical backdrop to the evolution of "identity economics" and stratification economics for understanding racial disparities

· Core assumptions of stratification economics

· Applications: Housing markets and residential segregation; racial profiling; discrimination in labor markets.

· Policy Proposals based on Stratification economics -- reparations, baby bonds, universal income and health payments.

Please note that the previous syllabi listed in ClassInfo cover different topics and do not apply to Spring

Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/myers006_PA5022_Spring2018.pdf (Spring 2018)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/myers006_PA5022_Fall2015.pdf (Fall 2015)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
29 October 2020

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