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Spring 2019  |  PA 5022 Section 001: Applications of Economics for Policy Analysis -- Cost-Benefit Analysis (64880)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Laboratory
Credits:
1.5 Credits (3 Credits max.)
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
First Half of Term
 
01/22/2019 - 03/11/2019
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 60
Enrollment Status:
Open (14 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, PA 5722: Economics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy, and PA 5805: Global Economics. prereq: 5021 or equiv
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jtemple+PA5022+Spring2019
Class Description:
This class introduces students to methods used in cost-benefit analysis, the leading evidenced-based method for guiding decisions about whether a government project, program or policy improves the well-being of society. For Humphrey students, this course fulfills part of the economics core requirement (PA 5021-5022). For students who have already fulfilled that requirement, this course can be used to satisfy requirements in the Advanced Policy Analysis concentration. This course also can be used to satisfy requirements in Prevention Science graduate minors as well as the Early Childhood Policy graduate certificate.
Who Should Take This Class?:
The course counts toward the economics core requirement for the MPP program. MPP students and anyone interested in learning more about economic evaluations of public programs and policies are welcome.
Learning Objectives:
Students will learn both the theory underlying cost-benefit analysis as well as become familiar with many applications in the areas of environmental, health, transportation, education, and social policies.
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 for the MPP students but please see the instructor if you haven't had this prereq.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/64880/1193
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/jtemple_PA5022_Spring2019.doc
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/jtemple_PA5022_Spring2018.pdf (Spring 2018)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/jtemple_PA5022_Spring2016.doc (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
26 November 2018

Spring 2019  |  PA 5022 Section 003: Applications of Economics for Policy Analysis -- Economics of Social Insurance Programs (64881)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/22/2019 - 05/06/2019
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 184
Enrollment Status:
Open (25 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, PA 5722: Economics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy, and PA 5805: Global Economics. prereq: 5021 or equiv
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?hanra003+PA5022+Spring2019
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/64881/1193
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/hanra003_PA5022_Spring2019.docx
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/hanra003_PA5022_Spring2018.pdf (Spring 2018)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/hanra003_PA5022_Spring2016.docx (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
16 November 2017

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