PA 892 Public Budgeting

Provides an understanding of budget preparation, adoption, and execution; proposed reforms of the budget process; and competing theories of the politics of budgeting. Focuses on the expenditure aspect of budgeting.

PA 974 Aging and Public Policy

his 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.

PA 974 Evidence Based Policy Making

This is a new experiential learning course that explores the following questions and facilitates the building of skills to answer them:

• How do policymakers use research and “evidence” in their jobs?
• How can researchers make their work useful to policymakers?
• How can legislative support staff and other stakeholders use research and evidence to help shape policy?

PA 974 Global Financial Governance

The purpose of this seminar is to explore the public policy and politics of international finance.  We will focus, in particular, on the ways in which the globalization of finance over the last four decades has influenced – and been influenced by – politics, institutions, and policymaking processes at both the domestic and international levels.

PA 974 International Development Policy

This course will discuss the history of global income disparities and development policy, consider case studies of successful and unsuccessful aid projects, and look at the effectiveness of various policies, such as family planning programs, infrastructure development projects, human capital interventions, conditional cash transfers, property rights reforms, and the alleviation of credit constraints.

PA 974 International Program Evaluation

This course provides an overview of program evaluation, the practice of assessing the efficacy of policy initiatives, with an emphasis on international applications. A primary concern when evaluating a program is ensuring that estimates reflect the causal impact of the program, so we will discuss various strategies for addressing this challenge, including: randomized clinical trials, fixed effects, pre-post designs, difference-in-differences, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, and propensity score matching.