This course offers an introduction to the role of policy analysis and the analytical concepts and tools that are used in the practice. The first part of the course will introduce students to policy analysis, rationales for public policy, tools for framing policy problems, and the application of key concepts and methods from economics. In the second part of the course, we will apply these concepts and tools through guided hands-on data exercises, interpreting and generating relevant informational graphics, producing a policy memo, and presenting results to technical policy problems and solutions.
Four La Follette School faculty members have received funding from the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition’s third round of awards.
This seminar-style course focuses on public policy related to aging and older populations. We will study major social insurance programs as well as trends and policies related to a variety of topics, including health and work at older ages, living arrangements and intergenerational transfers, and the demography of aging. While the course will primarily cover current U.S. policies and trends, we will also discuss some historical aspects and compare to policies and conventions found elsewhere.
The tools and techniques used in the economic approach to policy analysis. Emphasis is on applying these methodological tools to evaluating existing public policies and policy alternatives, as well as providing a deeper understanding of how the economy operates.