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Spring 2018  |  PA 5022 Section 001: Economics For Policy Analysis and Planning II -- Cost-Benefit Analysis (65697)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
1.5 Credits (3 Credits max.)
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
First Half of Term
 
01/16/2018 - 03/05/2018
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 20
Enrollment Status:
Open (8 of 30 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, and PA 5805: Global Economics. prereq: 5021 or equiv
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jtemple+PA5022+Spring2018
Class Description:
This course introduces students to analytical issues in policy. The main focus will be on issues in U.S. federal taxation, but state and local tax policy topics will also be included. There will be two required fairly-inexpensive paperback books: (1) Taxing Ourselves, 2017 edition, MIT Press, by Joel Slemrod and Jon Bakija. (2) Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know, 2012 Oxford University Press, by Leonard Burman and Joel Slemrod.
Who Should Take This Class?:
The course counts toward the economics core requirement for the MPP program. MPP students and others interested in tax policy should take the course.
Grading:
There will be weekly summaries or executive briefs based on the required readings, two quizzes, several homework assignments and a short paper and presentation on a tax topic of the student's choosing.
Exam Format:
The two in-class quizzes and homework assignments will include a variety of question types such as short answer, graphical and algebraic problems.
Class Format:
This is a 7 week class worth 1.5 credits. A prior course in microeconomics is required.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65697/1183
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/jtemple_PA5022_Spring2018.pdf
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/jtemple_PA5022_Spring2019.doc (Spring 2019)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/jtemple_PA5022_Spring2016.doc (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 April 2017

Spring 2018  |  PA 5022 Section 003: Economics For Policy Analysis and Planning II -- Economics of Social Insurance Programs (65699)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2018 - 05/04/2018
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 184
Enrollment Status:
Closed (32 of 32 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, and PA 5805: Global Economics. prereq: 5021 or equiv
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?hanra003+PA5022+Spring2018
Class Description:

This class will introduce you to the Economics of Social Insurance Programs. It begins by introducing a framework to evaluate the efficiency and equity of social insurance programs. It then applies this framework to health insurance, unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, welfare and the EITC, and social security.


Application of economic reasoning to various public policy issues. Cost-benefit analysis, nonmarket valuation, and tax analysis. prereq:
[[5021 or equiv], public policy major] or instr consent Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Learning Objectives:

Students in this module will learn to:

understand and critique the main economic rationales for current social insurance programs,

understand trade-offs in the design of social insurance programs between providing risk protection and promoting efficient efforts to avoid losses,

read and evaluate current empirical research on the impacts of social insurance programs

construct written and oral arguments for specific policy reforms
Grading:
Class Attendance + Participation: It is important that you attend each class and make an effort to participate constructively in class discussion. Repeated absences from classes can have a negative effect on your overall grade.

Problem Sets (15%): I will assign three problem sets that cover the material in the first part of the class. You may work in groups on these problem sets, but you must write up the answers in your own. You will receive a grade of check, check minus, or check plus for these problem sets.

In-Class Quiz (25%): There will be an in-class quiz covering the material in the first part of the class.

In-Class Presentations: You will be asked to work in a group to lead class discussion of a current policy reform proposal in the areas of health insurance, unemployment insurance, welfare reform, and social security reform. These presentations will not be graded, but will help guide you in writing your policy memos. Failure to complete one of these presentations can have a negative impact on your grade.

Short policy memos (40%): You will write two short policy memos that present an argument for or against one of the proposals discussed in class. Each memo must be 3-5 pages, double spaced.

Final Group Projects (20%)

Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65699/1183
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/hanra003_PA5022_Spring2018.pdf
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/hanra003_PA5022_Spring2019.docx (Spring 2019)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/hanra003_PA5022_Spring2016.docx (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
16 November 2017

Spring 2018  |  PA 5022 Section 004: Economics For Policy Analysis and Planning II -- Race, Crime, and Public Policy (65700)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
1.5 Credits (3 Credits max.)
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Second Half of Term
 
03/19/2018 - 05/04/2018
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 184
Enrollment Status:
Open (16 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, and PA 5805: Global Economics. prereq: 5021 or equiv
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?myers006+PA5022+Spring2018
Class Description:
This course is designed to help students learn how to read and interpret a technical economics journal article, report, or analysis. The focus will be on articles in the domain of the economics of crime and law enforcement. Policy topics range from those dealing with optimal enforcement of the law to examinations of domestic violence, racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and gun control. Students will gain an appreciation for has the strengths and weaknesses of the rational choice model of crime and the use of economics to develop policies addressing problems of race, crime and law enforcement.

Grading:
10% Abstract of Research Note
10% Research Note Presentation (Peer Evaluated)
20% Final Research Note
30% Midterm Examination
20% Team Review/Critique of Assigned Article
10% Peer Evaluation of Team Presentation
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65700/1183
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/myers006_PA5022_Spring2018.pdf
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/myers006_PA5022_Fall2015.pdf (Fall 2015)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
30 March 2018

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