Public Policy Analysis
Full course description
Formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policies are an important responsibility of modern governments. Policy objectives and instruments get determined in the interaction between public authorities and stakeholders. Actors and institutions such as branches of government (including the executive, legislative and judiciary), political parties, interest groups, regulatory agencies, and non-governmental organizations and citizens are involved in policymaking to varying degrees, depending on the particular policy domain and phase of the policy process. In this course, we explore ways in which public policies (and their impact) are analyzed using quantitative and qualitative methods. The results serve as a basis to formulate informed evidence-based policies, or to improve already implemented policies.
The aim of this course is to provide a practical introduction to students to learn and understand how public policy is analyzed and communicated. In particular, it is designed to develop the skills required to critically analyze policy issues, evaluate current programs and articulate relevant policy recommendations.
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Assess and apply different measures and concepts of poverty and inequality
- Evaluate the advantages (and limitations) of impact evaluation analysis in terms of causality
- Select and apply both experimental and non-experimental methods in your research problems
- Be able to analyze results and translate in actual policy recommendations
- Explain basic concepts related to Survey Design
- Participation in the quantitative track during periods 1a and 1b
- Attendance of the course of Public Economics (MPP4302)
- Attendance of the course of Public Policy (MPP4301)
Gertler P., Martinez S., Premand P., Rawlings L. and C. Vermeersch (2016). Impact Evaluation in Practice, Second Edition. Washington DC: The World Bank.
Haughton J. and S. Khandker (2009). Handbook on Poverty and Inequality. Washington DC: The World Bank.
Stock, J. H. and M. W. Watson (2015), Introduction to Econometrics, Update, 3rd Edition
Additional recommended readings for each lecture will be reported in the course manual