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PPHA 27822. Critical Issues in Urban Education. 100 Units.

This course explores a set of critical issues in urban education. The areas of inquiry will explore both inside and outside of the school house, with a focus on topics that are critical to consider to promote effective schooling, particularly in urban schools that serve low income, students of color. In this respect, the course aims to push and deepen thinking on the levers we have at our disposal to influence student outcomes including the ways schools are organized, noncognitive factors in academic success, effective literacy practices, college access, successful approaches for diverse learners and dual language learners, trauma-informed practices, intersections with parents and the community, the role of technology and innovation, and partnerships and philanthropy. Multiple disciplinary lenses will be used to analyze and understand these topics including sociological, anthropological, historical, learning sciences, policy, and sociocultural. 

Instructor(s): S. Stoelinga     Terms Offered: Winter
Note(s): CHDV Distribution: B
Equivalent Course(s): CHDV 27822

PPHA 30101. Math Methods for Public Policy: Algebra. 000 Units.

“Math Methods for Public Policy: Algebra” covers Algebra topics foundational to Calculus and intermediate microeconomics. The course focuses on improving students’ understanding of mathematics used in Harris core courses and increasing the speed and accuracy with which students perform algebraic calculations. This is a non-credit course.

Instructor(s): R. Hinze-Pifer     Terms Offered: Fall
Note(s): This course is for Harris students only.

PPHA 30102. Math Methods for Public Policy: Calculus. 000 Units.

“Math Methods for Public Policy: Calculus” covers basic Calculus concepts including derivatives, implicit differentiation, limits, continuity of functions, concavity/convexity, and optimization. The course focuses on improving students’ understanding of mathematics used in Harris core courses and increasing the speed and accuracy with which students perform calculations. This is a non-credit course.

Instructor(s): R. Hinze-Pifer     Terms Offered: Fall
Note(s): This course is for Harris students only.

PPHA 30545. Machine Learning. 100 Units.

The objective of the Data Science sequence is to train students to be successful and autonomous applied economists and data scientists in government and industry. In the first two courses of the sequence, students learned programming, as well as how to handle, summarize, and visualize modern datasets. The objective of this course is to train students to be insightful users of modern machine learning methods. The class covers regularization methods for regression and classification, as well as large-scale approaches to inference and testing. In order to have greater flexibility when analyzing datasets, both frequentist and Bayesian methods are investigated.

Instructor(s): G. Pouliot     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 30550. Introduction to Programming for Public Policy. 100 Units.

The past decade has witnessed an explosion in the collection of ‘big data,’ and the sophistication and accessibility of the tools required to analyze those data. This has spurred government agencies and policy analysts to embrace novel, data-driven approaches to policy creation and evaluation. This is an introductory course in programming and data analysis for public policy students with no prior coding experience; it is the first in Harris’s new data science sequence. It is for anyone who wants to gather, explore, and share raw quantitative data – or work with others who do. The course has three goals: (1) We will first introduce students to the tools required to write and share code: text editors, the command line, the python shell, and version control (git). (2) Students will be asked to "think algorithmically," translating self-contained questions into python programs.  We will cover the fundamentals of the language including types, control, functions, input/output, and scripts. We will touch on debugging and (time-permitting) computability. (3) We will then cover tools and recipes for retrieving, cleaning, visualizing, and analyzing data.

Instructor(s): Saxon, James /Potash, Eric     Terms Offered: Autumn,Spring

PPHA 30600. Principles of Developmental Psychology for Public Policy I: The Child in Social Context. 100 Units.

This course will introduce students to key principles in developmental psychology that have direct relevance for policies affecting children. Theories of growth (e.g. as stage vs. hierarchical integration) will be introduced through coverage of children's cognitive development and learning. Theories of continuity, early influence, and discontinuity in development will be examined through children's socioemotional development, including children's aggressive versus prosocial behavior. Principles regarding the role of person-context interactions will be examined through research on peer networks and classroom processes. Students will review a range of early interventions targeting child outcomes, as well as to policies pertaining to child health, welfare and education.

PPHA 30601. Topics in Child and Family Policy: Understanding Policy Issues and Using Evidence. 100 Units.

This course provides an overview of multiple areas of public policies affecting children and families in the United States. For each policy area students explore how public policy problems are defined, with an emphasis on the ways research and other factors can shape both definitions of policy problems and the responses to those problems. In particular, the role of rigorous random assignment evaluation is explored. The course will examine at least four policy areas, with students selecting at least one area. Areas include child welfare and child abuse prevention, teen and unintended pregnancy, child care and out of school time, the transition to adulthood for vulnerable youth, and early childhood education. The aim of the course is to help students develop a more critical eye toward how policy problems are framed and defined and to consider the ways rigorous research is used in the policy process. Students write a series of policy analysis memos to address the definition of the problem and the best methods of evaluation to understand the effectiveness of interventions to address the problem.

Instructor(s): M. Stagner     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 30602. Child and Family Policy and Evaluation. 100 Units.

This course will provide an overview of frameworks for conducting research on and promoting change to policies affecting children and families in the United States.  In the course, students will discuss the ways in which research can shape definitions of policy problems and responses to those problems. The course will examine existing and possible new policy levers in each of four policy areas, and how research has helped or hindered the development of these programs or policies. Areas covered will include child welfare and child abuse prevention, teen and unintended pregnancy, child care and out of school time activities, the transition to adulthood for vulnerable youth, or early childhood education. For each area, we will examine at least one rigorous evaluation and discuss how evidence for effective policies can be better developed. This course provides an overview of multiple areas of public policies affecting children and families in the United States. For each policy area students explore how public policy problems are defined, with an emphasis on the ways research and other factors can shape both definitions of policy problems and the responses to those problems. In particular, the role of rigorous random assignment evaluation is explored. The course will examine at least four policy areas, with students selecting at least one area. Areas include child welfare and child abuse prevention, teen and unintended pregnancy, child care and out of school time, the transition to adulthood for vulnerable youth, and early childhood education. The aim of the course is to help students develop a more critical eye toward how policy problems are framed and defined and to consider the ways rigorous research is used in the policy process. Students write a series of policy analysis memos to address the definition of the problem and the best methods of evaluation to understand the effectiveness of interventions to address the problem.

Instructor(s): M. Stagner     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 30800. Analytical Politics I: Strategic Foundation. 100 Units.

This course is designed to serve three interrelated goals. It is an introduction to core concepts in the study of political economy. These concepts include collective action, coordination, and commitment problems; externalities and other forms of market failure; principal-agent relationships; problems of preference aggregation; and agenda setting and voting. The course also introduces basic concepts in game theory, including Nash equilibrium, subgame Perfection, and repeated games. It is not, however, a suitable substitute for a game theory course for doctoral students in the social sciences. Finally, the course provides an overview of some of the key insights from the field of political economy on how institutions shape and constrain the making of public policy, with special attention to various ways in which governments can and cannot be held accountable to their citizens.

Instructor(s): E. Bueno de Mesquita     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 30810. Political Economy of Natural Resources. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): L. Martinez     Terms Offered: Autumn

PPHA 31001. Statistical Methods and Applications for Public Policy I. 100 Units.

This course aims to provide a basic understanding of statistical analysis in policy research. Fundamental to understanding and using statistical analysis is the realization that data does not emerge perfect and fully formed from a vacuum. An appreciation of the provenance of the data, the way it was collected, why it was collected, is necessary for effective analysis. Equally important is an understanding of the nature of the statistical inference being attempted the course will distinguish between model-based and design-based inference. There will be some emphasis placed on sampling from finite populations and on data from survey research. The emphasis of the course is on the use of statistical methods rather than on the mathematical foundations of statistics. Because of the wide variety of backgrounds of participating students, the course will make no assumptions about prior knowledge, apart from arithmetic. For students with a strong technical background, the aim of the course is to increase their understanding of the reasoning underlying the methods, and to deepen their appreciation of the kinds of substantive problems that can be addressed by the statistical methods described. PPHA 31001 or PPHA 31201 required of all first-year students.

Instructor(s): B. Keys     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 31101. Statistical Methods and Applications for Public Policy II. 100 Units.

A continuation of PPHA 31001, this course focuses on the statistical concepts and tools used to study the association between variables. This course will introduce students to regression analysis and explore its uses in policy analysis. PPHA 31101 or PPHA 31301 required of all first-year students.

Instructor(s): B. Meyer     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 31201. Statistical Theory and Applications for Public Policy I. 100 Units.

This course focuses on concepts used in statistical inference. This course will introduce students to basic principles of probability and statistics: random variables, standard distributions, and hypothesis testing. Lectures will explore uses of these principles in policy analyses. This course seeks to prepare students for PPHA 31301. This course will assume a greater mathematical sophistication on the part of students than is assumed in PPHA 31001.

Instructor(s): S. Cicala     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 31301. Statistical Theory and Applications for Public Policy II. 100 Units.

A continuation of PPHA 31201, this course focuses on the statistical concepts and tools used to study the association between variables and causal inference. This course will introduce students to regression analysis and explore its uses in policy analyses. This course will assume a greater mathematical sophistication on the part of students than is assumed in PPHA 31101.

Instructor(s): J. Grogger     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 31510. Education Policy in an International Context. 100 Units.

This course covers policy issues related to primary and secondary education in developed, middle-development and developing countries. It provides an overview of global and regional trends in schooling and a research-based critical assessment of major education policies and reforms as they are implemented world-wide. The course tries to answer the question, Why do schooling outcomes differ so much across countries? It addresses the extent to which the level of development, in countries, differences in culture and family background and differences in school policy and organization can account for the differences in educational outcomes. This is a seminar course and students are expected to be actively engaged in presenting and discussing course materials.

Instructor(s): S. Mayer     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 31600. Political Institutions and the Policy Process. 100 Units.

This course explores the importance of formal and informal institutions in democracies, with an emphasis on the American electoral and legislative systems. Topics covered include the relationship between political institutions and well-being and the role of political actors and institutional structure on policy formation. Prerequisite: PPHA 30800 (political economics) and PPHA 32300 (microeconomics) or equivalent course work. Required of all first-year students.

Instructor(s): W. Howell     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 31603. Analytical Politics II (Developing World) 100 Units.

This course is intended to introduce students to a set of analytical tools and concepts for understanding how political institutions and political agents generate public policy, and to apply these tools in examining the major institutions of democracy and non-democracy throughout the world. Lessons about political institutions and the policy making process will be understood from the perspective of a policy entrepreneur|that is, an individual or organization that develops strategy in order to advance policy change in legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.

Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): Completion of PPHA 30800: Analytical Politics I

PPHA 31604. Analytical Politics II (Developed World) 100 Units.

This course is intended to introduce students to a set of analytical tools and concepts for understanding how political institutions and political agents generate public policy, and to apply these tools in examining the major institutions of democracy and non-democracy throughout the world. Lessons about political institutions and the policy making process will be understood from the perspective of a policy entrepreneur|that is, an individual or organization that develops strategy in order to advance policy change in legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.

Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 31720. The Science of Elections and Campaigns. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): A. Fowler     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 31730. The Strategic Uses of Survey Research in Political Campaigns. 100 Units.

This course will provide the student with an introduction to the basic facets of survey research, from sampling (WHO gets interviewed),  survey design (WHAT gets asked), data analysis techniques, and interpretation of results (WHAT does it mean).  But the lion’s share of the course will focus on addressing the question; HOW does the data get used?  We will reference actual case studies involving public opinion in political campaigns, with heavy emphasis on the current issues of the day and the use of public opinion research as the nation gears up for the next big election. We’ll also hear from campaign professionals and candidates, offering real-world examples of how opinion research made a difference in big campaigns. The course leader is an active polling consultant to dozens of campaigns (federal, state, and local) each cycle, helping guide strategy on winning campaigns across the country.

Instructor(s): J. McGrath     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 31820. Security and Geopolitics of Pakistan. 100 Units.

No serious foreign policy student can afford to be ignorant of Pakistan. It is not just the front line state in the fight against terrorism which has defined 21st century geopolitics so far, it is also a country whose three 20th century wars with India defined the borders, loyalties, passions, and security environment in the region to this day, whose problems with instability and radicalisation have had perhaps a more profound effect on American and international foreign policy so far this century than any other, the country whose explosive combination of nuclear capability and homegrown violent Islamist extremists pose one of the central foreign policy issues of the day, and a country in one of the most unstable and consequential regions in the world

Instructor(s): A. Ibrahim

PPHA 31920. Decisions and Organizations. 100 Units.

The core course on management for public policy will cover two main topics: managerial decision making and incentives. Managerial decision making: We'll start with a comparison of the normative framework that economists use to think about rational choice and the experimental evidence that psychologists use to argue that real-world decision makers do not satisfy those normative criteria. This unit is useful both for guidance about ways to improve the students own decision making as practitioners, and as background for thinking about the currently fashionable "nudging" or "libertarian paternalism" approach to social policy. Incentives: In any organization, control over actions will be at least partly decentralized. And that immediately implies that the managers must design incentives so that theses private decisions are made in ways that advance, rather than retard, the organization’s goals. We will address this general theme in the context of designing incentives for agents who must work on several tasks, who work in teams, and who are concerned with pleasing outside audiences. Applications will be drawn from education, law enforcement, and agency level rule-making.

Instructor(s): P. Montagnes     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 31940. Psychology for Policy Designers. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): K. Wolske     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 32000. Finance. 100 Units.

Public policy positions increasingly require an expertise in finance. This expertise includes the ability to analyze investments and projects, to undertake borrowing operations and portfolio management, and to deal with financial instruments, markets, and institutions in a variety of ways. The content of this course is somewhat deeper than typical entry-level finance courses in M.B.A. programs. Although it is nearly impossible to learn modern finance without the use of some mathematics, this should not be a concern for students who have fulfilled the prerequisites described below. This course will cover the central ideas and tools of finance. These ideas and tools are largely independent of whether they are used in the public or the private sector. The policy orientation of the course is reflected in the choices of the contexts and examples. The development of financial intuition is emphasized in every part of the course. Regular class participation is required. Prerequisites: PPHA 32300 and PPHA 32400, or consent of the instructor.

PPHA 32100. State and Local Public Finance. 100 Units.

This course uses basic microeconomic theory to analyze the taxing, spending, and programmatic choices of state and local governments in the United States, relying on the median voter and Tiebout models. On the revenue side, the course treats property, sales, and income taxation, as well as nontax revenue sources such as lotteries and user fees. On the spending side, the course covers several topics, including privatization, Medicaid, education finance, capital projects and debt finance, and, time permitting, local economic development tools used by state and local governments.

Instructor(s): P. Worthington     Terms Offered: Fall and Spring

PPHA 32300. Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I. 100 Units.

PPHA 32300 (Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I) a serves as the first course in a two-quarter sequence in microeconomic theory. PPHA 32300 (Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I) does not require prior training in economics, although prior courses will be helpful. PPHA 32300 provides a careful and rigorous presentation of the foundations of microeconomics. Applications will be discussed in tandem with the course material (examples might be discussion of minimum wages, labor supply and taxes, fixed costs and licensing restrictions with taxis and Uber) but the primary focus is on the tools and techniques of microeconomics and price theory.  This course covers the theory of consumer choice and the theory of the firm. Moderately fast-paced, the course is designed for students lacking a background in economics. Students will have an opportunity to apply economics to policy issues such as food stamps, income taxation, housing subsidies, and labor markets. Extensive problem sets provide an opportunity for practical application and a deeper understanding of the material. Calculus is not required, but a good grasp of algebra is necessary.

Instructor(s): K. Ierulli / T. Coleman     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 32310. Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I. 100 Units.

PPHA 32310 (Advanced Microeconomics and Public Policy I) serve as the first course in a two-quarter sequence in microeconomic theory.  PPHA 32310 (Advanced Microeconomics and Public Policy I) requires a strong economics background (an economics major or equivalent). The course covers the fundamental issues of consumer theory and preferences, equilibrium, and some theory of the firm, but the course goals will be to two-fold: first to develop the foundational topics in greater depth; second to examine applications - examples might include the theory of unemployment; asymmetric information; capital markets and human capital investments; self-selection (the Roy model).

Instructor(s): D. Black     Terms Offered: Autumn

PPHA 32400. Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II. 100 Units.

A continuation of Public Policy 32300, this course introduces the role of government in the economic system, explores market failures that undermine the useful characteristics of the competitive market, and considers the role of government in these failures. Issues of equity and efficiency and the governments role in influencing the distribution of income are explored. Important economic concepts in policy analysis such as time discounting, opportunities costs, and decision-making under uncertainty are also featured. Differential calculus is used extensively throughout this course. Required of all first-year students.

Instructor(s): D. Bennett and D. Coursey     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 32510. Environment, Agriculture, and Food: Economic and Policy Analysis. 100 Units.

The connections between environment, agriculture, and food are inherent in our social, cultural, and economic networks. Land use, natural resource management, energy balances, and environmental impacts are all important components in the evolution of agricultural systems. Therefore it is important to develop ways in which to understand these connections in order to design effective agricultural programs and policies. This course is designed to provide students with guidance on the models and tools needed to conduct an economic research study on the intersecting topics of environment, agriculture, and food. Students learn how to develop original research ideas using a quantitative and applied economic policy analysis for professional and scholarly audiences. Students collect, synthesize, and analyze data using economic and statistical tools. Students provide outcomes and recommendations based on scholarly, objective, and policy relevant research rather than on advocacy or opinions, and produce a final professional-quality report for a workshop presentation and publication. This small seminar course is open by instructor consent to undergraduate and graduate students who meet the prerequisites. For consideration, please submit a one-page proposal of research to pge@uchicago.edu.

Instructor(s): S. Shaikh     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): ECON 20000 or ECON 20100 or PBPL 20000 or PBPL 22200 (or equivalent), STAT 22000 or STAT 23400 or PBPL 26400 (or equivalent); for ECON Enrollment: ECON 20000 and ECON 20100, STAT 23400
Equivalent Course(s): ECON 26530,PBPL 26530,ENST 26530

PPHA 32520. Environment, Agriculture, and Food: Advanced Economic and Policy Analysis. 100 Units.

This course is an extension of ENST 26530 but also stands alone as a complete course itself. Students don't need to take ENST 26530 to enroll in this course. This small seminar course is open by instructor consent to undergraduate and graduate students who meet the prerequisites. For consideration, please submit a one-page proposal of research to pge@uchicago.edu.

Instructor(s): S. Shaikh     Terms Offered: Not offered 2017-18
Prerequisite(s): ECON 20000 or ECON 20100 or PBPL 20000 or PBPL 22200 (or equivalent), STAT 22000 or STAT 23400 or PBPL 26400 (or equivalent); for ECON Enrollment: ECON 20000 and ECON 20100, STAT 23400
Equivalent Course(s): ECON 26540,PBPL 26531,ENST 26531

PPHA 32530. Fundamentals of Municipal Bonds. 100 Units.

This course will provide students with an overview of the municipal bond market and how it facilitates the development of infrastructure needed for economic development and the provision of public services. There are close to $2.6 trillion dollars in outstanding bonds in this market. Of 87,500 state and local governments in the U.S., 55,000 have bonds outstanding. Each year 10,000 new issues of municipal bonds come to market valued on average at $350 billion a year. All of this helps states, cities, counties, and not for profit organizations such as universities and hospitals fund capital assets including roads, bridges, water and sewer plants, airports, and school buildings. Students will come to understand: the continuum of a bond sale from government to end investor; who the key players are in the process; how credit ratings and credit analysis is performed; the public policy drivers of capital investment; the regulatory policy framework relating to the bond industry; and what sort of career opportunities are available for Public Policy Graduate Students. The course will have a text book supplemented by articles and industry reports. Attendance will be critical. The course will have a mid-term and final oriented toward providing a work product that would actually be utilized in the municipal bond industry. Guest speakers will also be utilized from time to time.

Instructor(s): M. Belsky

PPHA 32720. The Future of Government. 100 Units.

This course is about imagining the future – and developing a plan to make it happen. We will combine the theoretical and the practical. We will think creatively and philosophically about what could be, and work concretely on how to build it. Government is, everywhere, an industry in serious trouble. Its consumers are disenchanted and looking for alternatives, its products are failing the tests of quality and innovation, and its cost structure is too high. If governments were private firms, they’d be facing the dual prospects of either a takeover to “rescue” them or death in the competitive marketplace as their customer base migrates to newer alternatives. And, in fact, governments today face precisely those challenges. The idea behind this course is to address the government biz as exactly that: a mismanaged industry, business entity, or brand. We will study the history of the modern state and theories of how it will evolve in coming decades. We will consider what this means for the institution of government and what exactly “government” is. And we will look at what this means for the potential of private-sector, non-profit, non-governmental and trans-governmental entities to compete with the nation-state and take over its functions – and the possibilities that government can compete back and perhaps expand its own “business” line.

Instructor(s): E. Schnurer

PPHA 32735. African Development. 100 Units.

This class provides an introduction to, and interpretation of the social scientific and historical research on African development. The focus is on economic and political development in the longue durée and trying to understand how Africa fits into the comparative picture. The focus of much research on contemporary African development is of course on poverty, famine, civil war and the immense economic challenges that the continent has faced since independence. We shall study these and their roots and also many of the political correlates that go along with them, such as the weakness of African states, their corruption and problems of autocracy and democracy. But to get a deep understanding of these phenomena entails understanding Africa society, how it is organized, why it is organized as it is, and how it has come into collision with global forces in the past 500 years.

Instructor(s): J. Robinson     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 32740. Order and Violence. 100 Units.

Most countries in the world have been independent for about 50 years. Some are peaceful and have prospered, while some remain poor, war-torn, or both. What explains why some countries have succeeded while others remain poor, violent, and unequal? Moreover, fifty years on, a lot of smart people are genuinely surprised that these countries’ leaders have not been able to make more progress in implementing good policies. If there are good examples to follow, why haven’t more countries followed these examples into peace and prosperity? Finally, we see poverty and violence despite 50 years of outside intervention. Shouldn’t foreign aid, democracy promotion, peacekeeping, and maybe even military intervention have promoted order and growth? If not why not, and what should we do about it as citizens? This class is going to try to demystify what’s going on. There are good explanations for violence and disorder. There are some good reasons leaders don’t make headway, bureaucrats seem slothful, and programs get perverted. The idea is to talk about the political, economic, and natural logics that lead to function and dysfunction.

Instructor(s): C. Blattman     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 32750. Hydropolitics: Water Policy and Conflict. 100 Units.

Water resources are increasingly contested in nearly all parts of the world.  Available freshwater supplies have declined nearly 40% since 1970, and the UN predicts that, by 2025, 1.8 billion people will not have sufficient water to meet all of their daily needs.  Water conflict is essentially a political problem because it reflects normative disagreements about who has the authority to define its value and appropriate uses.

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This course examines conflict over water and policy efforts to deal with inter-sectoral competition, international allocation, and the diplomatic and economic consequences of water resource depletion.  The course begins with a discussion of water’s status as an object of policy—as property, a commodity, entitlement, and natural good.  It then turns to a series of policy challenges in context including agricultural water use, allocation treaties, development disputes, and preventing humanitarian crises.

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No knowledge of water policy is presumed, and students will leave the course with the issue background necessary to pursue more focused research projects in water policy topics.

Instructor(s): M. Tiboris     Terms Offered: Autumn

PPHA 32801. Environmental Law. 100 Units.

This course introduces students to the laws, policies and theories related to environmental protection in the United States. No environmental, engineering or science background is required, and it is not necessary to take Administrative Law before or during enrollment in this course. The course reviews different, and often competing, objectives related to the environment: development and use of natural resources, preservation of nature, protection of human health, economic efficiency, and distributional equity. The course explores in depth how the common law and the major federal environmental statues (e.g. the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, etc.) address these objectives.

Instructor(s): Mark Templeton - http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/templeton     Terms Offered: Winter
Note(s): The student's grade is based on a final examination.
Equivalent Course(s): LAWS 46001

PPHA 32810. Winning Issue Campaigns. 100 Units.

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” These words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were never more true than in today’s gridlocked American political system. Smart public policy doesn’t pass and implement itself - it comes as a result of well planned, hard fought, strategic issue campaigns, many of which span years and even decades. This course will teach students the theory and practice of strategic issue campaigns, from setting campaign objectives and targeting decision makers to planning effective tactics, designing a message frame, and winning the support of those who can further the cause.

Instructor(s): M. Batzel     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 32900. Taxation and Public Finance. 100 Units.

This course presents the economic analyses of and insights into a wide range of taxes, subsidies, and related government policies. The concepts and methods necessary for such analyses, which have quite general applications, are also presented. The course will highlight many institutional issues that are of special potential interest to students preparing for professional careers. Main topics include principles of taxation, incidence of taxation, taxation of goods and services (sales tax, excise tax, value-added tax), personal income tax, social security taxes, tax arbitrage, tax avoidance, and tax evasion. Within the context of these topics, the course will also discuss some of the characteristics of the tax systems of the United States and some other countries, as well as some current controversies regarding tax policies. Prerequisites: PPHA 32300 and PPHA 32400 or consent of the instructor.

Instructor(s): R. Sah

PPHA 33220. Poverty, Inequality, and Policy. 100 Units.

This course will address research on the causes and consequences of poverty and economic inequality and the public policies intended to promote economic well-being. The course covers the relationship between poverty, inequality and economic mobility and their influence on economic segregation, educational outcomes, political participation, economic growth, health and happiness. It takes an international perspective, primarily addressing these issues in middle income and rich countries. The course format is part lecture and part discussion with two class projects.

Instructor(s): S. Mayer     Terms Offered: Autumn

PPHA 33301. Welfare Policy. 100 Units.

This course will cover the rationale for US welfare programs and analyze their effects on behavior. Although some attention will be paid to the history of such programs and the politics of reform, the class will focus primarily on economic analyses of the behavioral effects of welfare programs. The course will cover traditional welfare programs such as Aid to Families with Dependent Children as well as modern alternatives to welfare such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Time permitting, the course will compare US welfare policy to welfare programs in other OECD countries. Students will prepare a term paper that will be presented in class and will be expected to participate in lectures.

Instructor(s): J. Grogger

PPHA 33410. Non-Profit Org: Concept & Prac. 100 Units.

For course description contact SSAD.

Equivalent Course(s): SSAD 47000

PPHA 33510. Nuclear Policy. 100 Units.

This course will review the development of U.S. national policy and of international institutions intended to control and harness nuclear energy. We will examine military doctrine and the plans for nuclear war-fighting with special attention to changes in national security policy since 1945, to the role of scientists, as well as military and political leaders in formulating policy, and to bureaucratic routines and interests in shaping the implementation of plans and military doctrine. We will also review issues of civilian nuclear power and its regulation in the United States focusing on the effectiveness of public policies in preventing accidents, in securing nuclear fuel, and in dealing with radioactive materials left over from burning nuclear fuel. The discussion will also consider current proposals for strengthening oversight of civilian nuclear power in all countries. Finally, we will seek to understand the role of international institutions in channeling nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, in preventing proliferation of nuclear weapons, and in harmonizing national regulations to address the growing international trade in nuclear technology and materials.

Instructor(s): K. Benedict     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 33520. The Social Psychology of Behavior in Organizations. 100 Units.

Understanding others’ thoughts and behaviors is essential for professional and personal success. We all do our best to understand our co-workers and significant others on a daily. Most of us do so by putting on the cap of an “intuitive scientist.” In other words, most of us rely on our intuitions to identify others’ thoughts and motivations and to predict others’ behavior. Unfortunately, decades of psychological research suggest that our intuitions are often misguided in systematic ways. This course will enable you to have a more accurate understanding of others’ motivations, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. This understanding is important to have because managing other people—be they competitors, customers, or co-workers—is critical for professional as well as personal success. At the start of your professional career, success may have required simply having the necessary technical expertise to produce excellent work product for your organization. As you progress in your career, however, success will increasingly require you to manage groups of people, to align their skills, solve interpersonal problems, and create well-functioning teams. This course is intended to provide the scientific knowledge of human thought and behavior that is critical for successfully managing others, and also for successfully managing yourself.

Terms Offered: Autumn

PPHA 33530. Strategies and Processes of Negotiations. 100 Units.

Being able to orchestrate successful social interactions is perhaps never more important than in negotiation situations. Negotiations are a particular kind of social interactions that are explicitly designed to determine which parties get their interests and goals fulfilled or thwarted. Negotiations are necessary whenever you cannot attain your goals without the cooperation of others. They happen every day—with co-workers, customers, competitors, friends, and spouses. Some negotiations might be small, such as what movie to watch tonight or who will wash the dishes this week—and some might be involve large stakes, such as what price your client’s company will be sold for or what policy provisions will be implemented or dropped.,,This course will greatly expand your understanding of negotiations in several ways. First, you will experience various negotiation situations firsthand in the classroom. Second, you will learn how to analyze your experiences using insights collected from decades of psychological research on social judgment, social cognition, and decision-making. Third, and unlike most real-life situations, you will be able to receive feedback on your performance. Life, unfortunately, does not often offer the opportunity to compare your outcomes to other people’s outcomes. This course does, thereby enabling you to identify what you did right, what you did wrong, and improve your performance by evaluating your work compared to the rest of the class.

Terms Offered: Autumn

PPHA 33730. Firms, Governments & Activists: Business in the Non-Market Environment. 100 Units.

This course is designed for students interested in working in the public or private sector. While firms are traditionally thought of as profit maximizers, they also face non-market constraints imposed by regulation and social norms and pressures. These non-market pressures are exerted by a variety of social, political, regulatory and legal institutions. Examples of such institutions include the courts, class action lawsuits, regulators such as the SEC and FDA, and NGO such as Greenpeace. This course will consider the perspectives of managers, regulators and policy entrepreneurs as they approach problems related to interaction of market and non-market institutions. Topics that may be covered include: The media, activists, regulatory agencies, lobbying, crisis management, environmental regulation, intellectual property rights, corporate social responsibility and international trade. These topics are used to practice applying the frameworks and formulating effective strategies. Teaching methods will include a mix of lecture, case studies, group problems and presentation and simulation exercises. Students will be placed in groups according to background and interest to tackle a quarter long project that addresses the issues of the course. The specific project topic will be chosen in consultation with the instructor. Priority will be given first to students that require the course for graduation and then to students in their final quarter.

Instructor(s): P. Montagnes     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 33810. Cyber Security in the Digital Age. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): J. Braun     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 33820. The Intersection of Cyber Threats and Human Rights. 100 Units.

This course is designed to offer students an overview of the current cybersecurity landscape and the corresponding human rights implications. Students will hear first-hand insider perspectives from public and private sector cyber professionals and international experts across the cybersecurity and human rights fields. Divided into 3 parts, students will gain insight on Cyber Security Technology, Protecting Citizens From Governments Online, and Combating Cyber Predators.

Instructor(s): J. Braun

PPHA 33901. Matching, Efficiency, and Inequality. 100 Units.

Individual's choice of an employer, a spouse, or a neighborhood to live in can be described in terms of matching. Individual's aim at choosing the best possible match given their preferences. The course will explore the determinants of the efficiency of matching from the individual's point of view: search costs, informational barriers, etc. It will then address the social and economic consequences of individual's behavior. Thus, in the marriage market, matching tends to perpetuate human capital inequalities across generations, while in the housing market, matching often leads to racial segregation. Understanding matching mechanisms can thus help policymakers shape inequality-reducing policies in areas such as education or housing.

Instructor(s): I. Marinescu     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 34110. School Readiness: Child Development and Public Policy. 100 Units.

This course will provide an overview of the current policy and research issues involving school readiness. This multidisciplinary course will draw on theoretical and empirical perspectives from developmental psychology, education, and economics. We will examine the differences in each disciplines approach to school readiness policy and research. Topics will include cognitive and socioemotional development, child care, universal and targeted programs, and the current controversies in school readiness policy and research.

Instructor(s): A. Claessens

PPHA 34130. Public Finance and Public Policy 1. 100 Units.

This course analyzes the rationales for government intervention in the economy, the form that intervention takes, and the effects of government policy. We will offer two terms of this class that cover the similar introductory material, but focus on somewhat different theoretical and empirical tools and different expenditure programs and taxes. The courses may be taken individually or as a sequence; the only prerequisites are the microeconomics core classes or their equivalent. Winter term will provide an introduction to cost benefit analysis, public goods, and the incidence and deadweight loss of taxation, externalities, and budget policy. It will cover public health insurance policy including Medicare, Medicaid, the effects of taxation on savings, and corporate taxation. Spring term will also cover public goods and the incidence and deadweight loss of taxation, but will also examine income redistribution, and the role of empirical evidence in public finance. It will cover welfare programs, unemployment insurance, disability insurance, social security, and income and payroll taxation and labor supply responses to taxes. Prerequisites: PP32300 and PP32400 or their equivalent.

Instructor(s): D. Jones     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 34221. Seminar on Public Policy and Economic Inequality. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): S. Mayer

PPHA 34230. Public Finance and Public Policy 2. 100 Units.

This course analyzes the rationales for government intervention in the economy, the form that intervention takes, and the effects of government policy. We will offer two terms of this class that cover the similar introductory material, but focus on somewhat different theoretical and empirical tools and different expenditure programs and taxes. Spring term will also cover public goods and the incidence and deadweight loss of taxation, but will also examine income redistribution, and the role of empirical evidence in public finance. It will cover welfare programs, unemployment insurance, disability insurance, social security, and income and payroll taxation and labor supply responses to taxes. Prerequisites: PP32300 and PP32400 or their equivalent.

Instructor(s): B. Meyer

PPHA 34240. Real Estate, Banking, and Household Finance. 100 Units.

This course provides an overview of the ways in which households interact with the financial sector and the importance of regulation in these interactions. We will discuss the role of banks and financial intermediaries in household borrowing and saving decisions, with a special emphasis on the real estate sector. Topics include bank runs and financial panics, money and business cycles, financial regulation, and housing finance, while the second half of the course will focus on studying household financial decision-making through a behavioral lens. There are no prerequisites, but you will be expected to read and interpret sophisticated empirical analysis from the economics and finance literatures.,,Finance is recommended but not a required prerequisite. Priority will be given to students pursuing the Economic Policy and Markets certificate.

Instructor(s): Ben Keys     Terms Offered: Autumn

PPHA 34312. K-12 Education Policy. 100 Units.

This course explores current issues in elementary and secondary education. Main topics include accountability, charter schools, vouchers, as well as the role of class-size, teachers and technology in education. We will review relevant research on each topic with a critical analysis of the study methodology and discuss implications of the findings to policy.

Instructor(s): Staff     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 34400. Topics in Finance. 100 Units.

This course is taught at a significantly higher level than a typical masters-level introductory courses on finance. Its primary emphasis is on the applications and the practice in some key areas of finance. The main components of this course are class discussions of readings and cases and a group project. Vigorous participation in class discussion is required. Submission of a typed project report and a class presentation of the projects findings are required. Key topics are fixed-income basics and applications, municipal securities and financing, securitization, and investment management. Additional topics that might be covered are: capital allocation, valuation, market efficiency, and emerging global issues. Prerequisites: PPHA 32000 or consent of the instructor.

Instructor(s): R. Sah     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 34500. Macroeconomics for Public Policy. 100 Units.

This course examines the working of the aggregate economy. It aims to understand the key determinants of business cycle fluctuations and of long-run economic development. This includes coverage of the role of employment, productivity, trade and fiscal deficits, inflation, and interest rates. The emphasis of the course is on the impact of monetary and fiscal policies on the macro economy. Students will be able to analyze and discuss important current economic issues, such as government spending and tax reforms, Social Security reforms, the conduct of monetary policy, and the impact of changing economic conditions around the world.

Instructor(s): D. Sullivan     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 34600. Program Evaluation. 100 Units.

This course introduces you to the tools used by social scientists and policymakers to evaluate the impact of government policies. The courses objective is to teach you how to use these tools well enough to feel comfortable evaluating the quality of program evaluations that you are likely to review during your careers. The course begins by examining the elements of a cost/benefit analysis. Some of the principles we discuss during this part of the course are identical to those used by managers in a private firm when they consider whether to invest in new plant or equipment, to train their workers, or to initiate new human resource practices. But it also is important to recognize the differences between cost-benefit analyses of social programs and of private sector investments. Here we examine how the concepts of consumer and producer surplus discussed in your economics courses guide us in formulating evaluation questions and choosing appropriate outcome measures. Most of the course examines the strategies for evaluating the impact that government policies have on alternative outcomes. The key question here is what would have been the outcome had individuals, neighborhoods, state, etc., not been exposed to the policy. The impact of the policy is the difference between the actual outcome and this counterfactual outcome. Much social science research demonstrates that obtaining credible estimates of these impacts can be difficult. During this part of the course, we discuss how to plausibly address some of the more common difficulties encountered by program evaluators. Prerequisites: PPHA 31000 and PPHA 31100 or equivalent statistics coursework.

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter and Spring

PPHA 34710. Housing Policy and the Crisis. 100 Units.

When looking at the current housing market, a natural question arises: How did we get here? This class will explore the rise and fall of the housing market in the 2000s, and discuss the impact on households, neighborhoods, financial markets, and the government. Topics include the mortgage securitization chain, the role of regulation and the GSEs, state and local support for low-income housing, the foreclosure crisis, and the future of the housing market and mortgage finance. No prerequisites, but you will be expected to read and interpret sophisticated empirical analysis from the economics and finance literatures.

Instructor(s): B. Keys     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 34799. Race, Politics, and the Press in Chicago. 100 Units.

This course will examine the history of the African American press, especially The Chicago Defender, a newspaper which spanned the technological and political transformations of the 20th Century media. Founded as a weekly in 1905, The Defender became Black America’s first national communications vehicle using newly available mass printing machines as well as page design techniques pioneered by Hearst and Pulitzer. The news pages exposed the horrors of Jim Crow, while editorials inspired millions to come to Northern cities in what became known as the Great Migration. The Defender and its cohort, including The Pittsburgh Courier, wielded substantial political clout, providing the swing votes that elected Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy to the Presidency. But as the century wore on, black newspapers had to compete for audience as well as staff against a multitude of print, broadcast and, ultimately, on-line options. Taught by the author of the award-winning non-fiction book about The Defender, himself a veteran of the newspaper, the course includes guest lectures, field trips, and references to the substantial scholarship of the history of the South Side. There are no prerequisites.

Instructor(s): E. Michaeli     Terms Offered: Autumn

PPHA 34810. Mixed Methods Approaches to Policy Research. 100 Units.

This course will provide students with an overview of mixed methods approaches to policy research. The course will cover a variety of qualitative and quantitative approaches to policy research including embedded experimental studies, ethnography, observational studies, biomarkers, and more typical econometric techniques. Topics will include residential mobility, crime, welfare, employment, paternal involvement, health, and education. We will examine what types of research questions lend themselves to different research methodological approaches and how qualitative and quantitative research can complement each other to give a better understanding of policy issues.

Instructor(s): A. Claessens     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 34910. The Context of Education Policy. Units.

Using current research in economics and other social sciences, this course considers the relationship between education policy and the major social and economic contexts that influence how much children learn, what they learn, and how much schooling they get. These contexts include the labor market, especially the return to schooling; family background; and peer and other school and neighborhood effects.

Instructor(s): S. Mayer     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 35020. Women and Public Leadership. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): R. Sive

PPHA 35120. Economic Demography. 100 Units.

This is a master's-level survey course in economic demography: we will be concerned with the size, age structure, health, wealth, and abilities of human populations. The unifying perspective throughout the course will an economic one: aside from issues of measurement, we will be interested mainly in explaining social behaviors as the outcome of people's rational choices. Of course, theories need to explain facts, so we will spend much of our time reading empirical work that documents the relationships between the above variables - both in the cross section and over time - and understanding how the statistical evidence is constructed.

Instructor(s): J. Naidoo     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 35210. Economics and International Health. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): D. Bennett     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 35240. Education in Developing Context. 100 Units.

This course covers policy issues related to education in developing contexts. We will analyze education policies and reforms from an economic perspective, review relevant research on each topic, and examine implications of the findings to policy and practice. Topics include understanding factors that influence educational decisions, provision of basic needs in schools, teacher pay and incentives, school choice, early childhood education, and education in emergency settings.

Instructor(s): A. Adukia     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 35245. Violence in the Early Years. 100 Units.

This course will address issues related to children's exposure to violence.  Classes will cover topics including, but not limited to, the history of violence against children (infanticide, etc), children's literature, parental violence towards children, school-related violence, practices such as female genital mutilation, and other policy-relevant issues related to violence in children's lives.  We will analyze policies and reforms, review relevant research on each topic, and examine implications of the findings to policy and practice.

Instructor(s): A. Adukia     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 35300. International Trade Theory and Policy. 100 Units.

This course examines the impact of trade policies using the theory of international trade. The first part of the course is devoted to a survey of theory, beginning with traditional competitive trade theory and concluding with more recent advances of the theory of trade in imperfectly competitive markets. The next section examines the economic impact of unilateral trade policy instruments such as tariffs, export subsidies and anti-dumping provisions. The effect of multilateral trading arrangements such as the WTO and NAFTA are examined next. The final section is devoted to the application of the theory to the international movement of factors of production with an emphasis on immigration.

Instructor(s): S. Durkin

PPHA 35411. Political Feasibility Analysis: Winning Strategies in Public Policy. 100 Units.

This course will review and analyze various strategies and methods for assessing the political feasibility of successfully implementing public policies at the federal, state and local levels. Enacting public policy is a dynamic process because of the changing nature of the political environment. Developing and implementing successful public policies requires an array of strategic approaches, analytical tools and resources while understanding the importance of timing and key pressure points in the political system. This course will review and analyze successful and unsuccessful campaigns to bring about public policy and social change. We will examine key elements and variables to help develop and implement public policy strategies to win in the endgame. Students will analyze various types of policy domains at the legislative, executive and bureaucratic levels. They will evaluate indirect policy makers outside of government such as lobbyists, public interest groups, unions, media, public relations firms, business groups, faith-based organizations and individual activists, among others.

Instructor(s): R. Gibbs     Terms Offered: Fall and Spring

PPHA 35501. Poverty and Economic Development. 100 Units.

This course will focus on developing countries. We will study causes of poverty and underdevelopment, poverty measurement issues, and policies to improve wellbeing. We will concentrate on topics such as nutrition and health, education, labor markets, intra-household allocation of resources, and policies to alleviate poverty. Empirical evidence from developing economies will be used extensively.

Instructor(s): A. Menendez     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 35700. Economics of Education Policy. 100 Units.

This course explores the central themes in K-12 education with some consideration of higher education issues at the end of the course. We will begin with an overview of government provision of public schooling and major policy initiatives, followed by a review of econometrics and data issues. Specific topics in K-12 education include the effects of class-size, peer effects, teachers, accountability, and charter schools. Topics in higher education include the decision to invest in human capital, returns to schooling, and the theory of signaling. Students will leave the course with a strong understanding of econometric analysis of education topics and the elements of good research design.

Instructor(s): L. Sartain
Prerequisite(s): PPHA 32300 and PPHA 32400, and PPHA 31000 and PPHA 31100 or equivalent coursework in statistics and economic theory.

PPHA 35801. Political Economy of Cities and Metropolitan Areas. 100 Units.

An introduction to political economy and policymaking in large U.S. cities and metropolitan areas. The course examines the institutional, economic, political, and demographic settings that distinguish urban policymaking. We begin by analyzing the institutions of local government and their role in the federal system, the sources of urban growth, competition among cities, and the importance of real estate markets in shaping local politics. We next study several specific urban issues including concentrated poverty, racial conflict, housing, governmental fragmentation, and sprawl. Although the course will focus on large central cities, we will pay attention to the suburbanization of population and employment, politics in suburbia, and city-suburb relations. Finally, students will be introduced to the latest research on social interactions in cities, with a focus on social capital, neighborhood and peer effects, and human capital spillovers.

Instructor(s): C. Berry     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 36011. Budgeting in the Public Sector: Local and State Governments. 100 Units.

This new course is designed to test the thesis that good budgeting in the public sector incorporates all of the skills developed in public policy programs: policy analysis, analytics (economics, other quantitative evaluation), program design, implementation of policy and programs, decision-making, priority setting, anticipating and reacting to political dynamics, working with the press, writing, working under pressure, and preparing presentations, among others. We will be hands-on, with much of the learning coming from practical, real world exercises that mimic what would be required in a budget office and that by design focus on multiple skills at once. The course will provide an introduction to the major substantive areas of state budgets, including education (higher education and preschool, elementary and secondary education), Medicaid, pensions, human services, and capital budgeting, along with revenue projecting, debt issuance, and budget balancing. We will follow what is happening in current budget processes, with a particular emphasis on the State of Illinois.

Instructor(s): G. Ostro     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 36201. Massive Change: Economics and Management. 100 Units.

The depth and the rate of change are increasing in every imaginable way. Among the topics in this course are: classical perspectives (e.g., Braudel, Kuznets, Marx, Polanyi, and Schumpeter), modern paradigms in economics and management, demographic and migration-induced transitions, conflicts and wars, technology surprises, stagnation versus hyper-growth of emerging economies, bubbles and busts, economic and financial crises, cycles of various kinds, complexity-induced changes, emergent phenomena, changes in different kinds of societies, and responses of large private and public organizations to change. The common prism throughout will be change: across countries, time, circumstances, and the precipitants and consequences of change. The course will in part emphasize those topics in which the students are more interested. Each student will make a presentation to the class and will submit a paper. Prerequisites: PPHA 32300 and PPHA 32400, or consent of the instructor.

Instructor(s): R. Sah     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 36330. South Asia: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges. 100 Units.

The course will comprise Monday lectures on domestic and foreign policy of South Asia, offering a framework for assessing public policy issues. Content related to China is presented for comparison.  Issues will be examined from various perspectives: regional history, religion, central planning versus deregulation, national development priorities, governance, foreign relations, national security, and private enterprise. A History of India Volume II – Percival Spear, Penguin Books Reprinted 1990 is among the required reading and it is recommended that it be read before the first class, if possible.  Unlike other books for the course available through the University Bookstore, it must be obtained from Amazon. (That edition contains some updated material, however earlier editions are satisfactory).  While modern India is the principal focus, historically that country and Pakistan are inseparable and are reviewed together. Guest lecturers on Pakistan and China topics include Saad Qais, Vice President – Corporate Finance, Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd. and Ronald J. Allen, John Henry Wigmore Professor of Law, Northwestern University and Yangtze River Scholar.

Instructor(s): F. Schell     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 36410. Epidemiology and Population Health. 100 Units.

Epidemiology is the basic science of public health. It is the study of how diseases are distributed across populations and how one designs population-based studies to learn about disease causes, with the object of identifying preventive strategies. Epidemiology is a quantitative field and draws on biostatistical methods. Historically, epidemiology's roots were in the investigation of infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics. Since the mid-twentieth century, the scope of epidemiologic investigations has expanded to a fuller range non-infectious diseases and health problems. This course will introduce classic studies, study designs and analytic methods, with a focus on global health problems.

Instructor(s): D. Lauderdale     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): PBHS 32100 or STAT 22000 or other introductory statistics highly desirable.
Equivalent Course(s): STAT 22810,PBHS 30910

PPHA 36800. Higher Education and Public Policy. 100 Units.

This course covers issues in higher education from an economic and public policy perspective. We begin by examining the individual's decision to attend college and the main reasons for government intervention in higher education. We then review estimates of both private and social returns to college and consider the difficulties associated with measuring these returns. We also examine the history of the American system of higher education and compare it to other systems around the world. After summarizing the differences in educational attainment by income, the course will analyze the main forms of financial aid currently used in the American system of higher education: means-tested grants (Pell Grant program), subsidized loans (Stafford loans), direct subsidies to public institutions, recent tax reforms to encourage saving for college (Hope and Life-Long Learning credits), as well as state and institutional merit aid. We will discuss whether these policies make sense from both an economic and an educational perspective, and look at their effect on enrollment. After summarizing differences in educational attainment by race, we will consider affirmative action policy past and present. Finally, we will examine the market for college education and the increasing price of college in recent years. Other topics may include the importance of peer effects, graduate and professional education, and for-profit higher education.

Instructor(s): J. Delaney     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): PPHA 32300 and PPHA 31000 or equivalent coursework in statistics and economic theory.

PPHA 36921. Energy Economics and Policy. 100 Units.

This course provides an overview of the economic, technological, and political forces that shape the global energy industry, the methods governments use to regulate the industry, and the business models that emerge. The course begins by framing the industry in its microeconomic context and uses that framework to explore the role of technology and innovation, global markets and geopolitics, and the regulation of externalities including climate change. The readings and coursework will use specific examples from the power, renewables, oil & gas, and environmental sectors from the United States and other select geographies to illustrate these forces in context. Students can tailor their final policy memo towards their topics of interest.  

Instructor(s): D. Steele     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 36930. Environmental Economics. 100 Units.

​This course presents a broad-based treatment of the theory and application of environmental economics. Topics are introduced in the context of real-world environmental policy questions (with special emphasis on energy policy), then translated into microeconomic theory to highlight the salient constraints and fundamental trade-offs faced by policymakers. Topics include property rights, externalities, Pigouvian taxes, command-and-control regulation, cap-and-trade, valuation of environmental quality, cost-benefit analysis, policymaking under uncertainty, and inter-regional competition. 

Instructor(s): Staff

PPHA 36941. Strategic Behavior and Regulation of Firms. 100 Units.

Firm behavior is a critical aspect of any market-oriented economy.  What strategies can firms employ to improve their bottom-lines, and when should regulators intervene? This course will address these questions using recent regulatory case studies, economic modeling, and a hands-on business strategy game. 

Instructor(s): R. Kellogg     Terms Offered: Autumn

PPHA 37102. Crime Policy. 100 Units.

This course covers the causes and consequences of crime, as well as ways to reduce the costs of crime to society. Emphasis will be placed on trying to understand the causal effects of different policy interventions on crime, and exploring what can be learned about the benefits and costs of such efforts. Among the topics covered in the course are the costs and benefits of criminal justice programs and policies related to incarceration, policing, and the regulation of drugs, alcohol, and firearms, as well as the influence on crime of public policies in other areas such as education, the environment, health care, and the labor market.

Instructor(s): J. Ludwig

PPHA 37110. Competition Policy: Theory and Practice. 100 Units.

This course presents an economic analysis of monopoly power and efforts to limit monopoly power through competition policy. The course will focus on helping students understand the theoretical rationale for competition policy and on providing students with an understanding of the practice of competition policy by examining recent prominent public and private antitrust actions. The first part of the course is devoted to an economic analysis of the welfare implications of monopoly power. The second part provides an overview of the legal and institutional framework of competition policy enforcement with particular emphasis on how the framework differs between the US and the EU and other countries. The final part of the course will address three types of anticompetitive conduct that represent the bulk of competition policy enforcement: collusion, exclusive contracting, and horizontal and vertical mergers. This section will present detailed studies of recent antitrust actions in the US including the US case against Microsoft and the Whole Foods and Wild Oats merger.

Instructor(s): S. Durkin     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 37200. Domestic Politics and War. 100 Units.

This course examines how legislatures, courts, the media, and the public define the range of options available to presidents who contemplate military action. It also examines how features of the crises themselves-the governing structure of foreign nations, the location of a crisis, and the levels of trade and diplomatic relations between the United States and foreign states-influence the likelihood of military action. Special attention will be paid to the war on terror and recent military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Instructor(s): W. Howell

PPHA 37210. The Politics of Shaping Urban Policy. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): D. Orr     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 37250. Adventures in Urban Economic Development. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): B. Weissbourd, D. Douglas     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 37300. Health Law and Policy. 100 Units.

This course will explore various policies that underlie regulation of the provision of health care in the United States. We will begin with an examination of the principal government programs for financing the delivery of health care in America Medicare and Medicaid. This first third of the course will focus on how these programs seek to resolve the tension between controlling costs, promoting quality, and assuring access. We will then move to a consideration of policy issues relating to managed care organizations, including the functioning of these organizations and the impact of ERISA on their actions. Next, we will explore issues relating to the behavior of physicians, hospitals, and nursing homes. This exploration will focus on the impact of the antitrust, labor, and tax laws on these entities.

Terms Offered: Winter 2006
Equivalent Course(s): LAWS 78801

PPHA 37420. Fundamentals of Leadership. 100 Units.

No description available.

PPHA 37510. The U. S. Health Care System. 100 Units.

This course is a comprehensive examination of many of the key components of the U.S. health care system and how they work, intended for students from a wide range of backgrounds. Among others, topics may include public and private health insurance, the uninsured, health reform, hospitals, physicians, health care quality and costs, health information technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and diagnostics, long-term care, mental health services, and comparisons with health systems in developed and emerging markets

Instructor(s): F. Smieliauskas     Terms Offered: Spring
Note(s): GPHAP student requirement.
Equivalent Course(s): SSAD 47512,PBHS 35411

PPHA 37600. Theories of Justice and the Common Good: A Philosophical Approach to Public Policy. 100 Units.

Economic analysis of public policy typically presumes that we know which ultimate objectives the legislator is pursuing. This course explores the philosophical foundations of such objectives: what is justice, what is the common good? Drawing on the works of philosophers from Antiquity (Plato, Aristotle) to the contemporary era (Rawls, Dworkin), the course will spell out fundamental philosophical views and debates. These philosophical debates are relevant to public policy choices in areas such as taxation, crime repression, etc.

Instructor(s): I. Marinescu     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 37810. From Health Policy to Clinical Practice. 100 Units.

The goal of this course is to build on basic understandings of the structure, financing, and regulation of the American health care system to explore the everyday implications to the clinical practice of medicine and provision of health care. The course will look to explain the effects of current policies on clinical practice as well as examine the future implications presented by the newly enacted health care reform legislation. The course will take a practical perspective on the opportunities and constraints placed on providers and health care systems as they attempt to balance cost, quality, and access. Specific areas of current practice to be discussed are the payment of physicians (including fee-for-service, capitation, pay for performance, and the promoted promise of accountable care organizations), medical malpractice and patient safety, cost-effectiveness analysis, end-of-life care, and patient behavior modification. Prior exposure to health policy via other coursework in the policy school, law school, social service administration, or medical school is helpful but not necessarily required.

Instructor(s): E. Abbo

PPHA 38010. Health Services Research Methods. 100 Units.

The purpose of this course is to better acquaint students with the methodological issues of research design and data analysis widely used in empirical health services research. To deal with these methods, the course will use a combination of readings, lectures, problem sets (using STATA), and discussion of applications. The course assumes that students have had a prior course in statistics, including the use of linear regression methods.

Instructor(s): P. Sanghavi     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): At least one course in linear regression and basic familiarity with STATA; or consent of instructor.
Equivalent Course(s): SSAD 46300,PBHS 35100

PPHA 38101. Comparative Healthcare Systems and Pharmaceutical Policies: Lessons and Opportunities for Reform. 100 Units.

This course discusses two major health policy challenges facing our world today: reforming healthcare systems and securing access to medicine to patients around the world. The course has two sections: the first one discusses the sociopolitical and economic foundation of healthcare systems, familiarizes students with current challenges facing these systems and provides critical knowledge and skills to effectively design and implement successful health policy reforms. The section focuses on health system structure, financing, organization and regulation; on system reform process; and on challenges in pharmaceutical policy (pricing, reimbursement, access to medicine and pharmaceutical budget control). Section two uses the Case-Based Learning methodology to familiarize students with US and international health systems and provides students the opportunity to use learning from section one to propose sound policy reforms. During this section, students will also have the chance to discuss health systems issues with potential guest speaker(s) who has (ve) lead reform(s) in his/her country.

Instructor(s): J. Antoun     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 38300. Health Economics and Public Policy. 100 Units.

This course analyzes the economics of health and medical care in the United States with particular attention to the role of government. The first part of the course examines the demand for health and medical care and the structure and the consequences of public and private insurance. The second part of the course examines the supply of medical care, including professional training, specialization and compensation, hospital competition, and finance and the determinants and consequences of technological change in medicine. The course concludes with an examination of recent proposals and initiatives for health care reform.

Instructor(s): D. Meltzer     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): PBPL 20000 or ECON 20000 and one undergraduate course in quantitative research methods (Statistics or Econometrics) or the equivalent or consent of the instructor
Equivalent Course(s): ECON 27700,CCTS 38300,PBHS 38300,PBPL 28300

PPHA 38310. Health Care and Health Care Reform. 100 Units.

This course analyzes the economics of health and medical care in the United States with particular attention to the role of government and the rationale and effects of recent health care reforms. These reforms will be evaluated in how they relate to the basic workings of the US health care sector. The course will examine these underpinnings in terms of the demand and supply for health care. This includes both the structure and the consequences of public and private insurance as well as market structures in professional training, specialization and compensation, among providers, as well as the determinants and consequences of technological change in medicine. The course then examines the recent proposals and initiatives for health care reform in light of these more basic features affecting the US health care market place.

Instructor(s): T. Philipson     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 38401. Labor Market Institutions and Unemployment. 100 Units.

Labor market institutions such as the minimum wage have ambiguous effects on welfare. On the one hand, these institutions can increase workers incomes and insure them against adverse shocks. On the other hand, they may backfire against the very workers they were trying to protect, in particular by increasing unemployment. In the developed world, Europe's generous labor market institutions are often blamed for high unemployment rates relative to the United States. This course will examine whether this claim is supported empirically. In developing countries, labor market institutions could play an important role in protecting poor workers, especially in the context of economic shocks stemming from globalization. This course asks to what extent what we learned from the experience of developed countries applies to the developing world. In particular, we will be exploring whether labor market institutions in developing countries have an adverse impact on employment, with a focus on the Latin American case. The analysis of labor market institutions will concentrate on four fundamental institutional arrangements: firing costs, unemployment insurance, minimum wages, and union coverage and bargaining power.

Instructor(s): I. Marinescu     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 38510. Information Systems and Technology in the Public Sector. 100 Units.

Questions that will be addressed in the course include: What is the relationship between Federal policy, state authority and information policy and systems? How does privacy and data security legislation affect the use of information in public policy activities? How do organizations keep their information systems up to date in an environment of quickly changing policies? How does the use of information systems and the data from them contribute to the overall functioning of the organization or field? How do different types of organizations in different types of fields monitor themselves using information systems? What is the future of information systems in government agencies?

Instructor(s): R. Goerge     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 38520. GIS Applications in the Social Sciences. 100 Units.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) refers to tools and techniques for handling, analyzing, and presenting spatial data. GIS has become a powerful tool for social sciences applications over the past thirty years, permitting lines of scientific inquiry that would not otherwise be possible. This course provides an introduction to GIS with a focus on how it may be applied to common needs in the social sciences, such as economics, sociology, and urban geography, as distinct from physical or environmental sciences. Students will learn basic GIS concepts as applied to specific research questions through lectures, lab exercises, and in-class demonstrations. Examples of the kinds of topics we will pursue include how we can use GIS to understand population trends, crime patterns, asthma incidence, and segregation in Chicago.

Instructor(s): N. English     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 38530. City Lab. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): Chris Berry

PPHA 38611. Political Campaigns, Persuasion, and Strategic Communications. 100 Units.

The change you want won’t get adopted merely because it’s a ‘good idea.’  A good idea is not enough. For every proposed change in public policy there is a set of stakeholders – groups or individuals who will be affected by the proposed change.  Some of these stakeholders may support your proposed change.  But others will oppose it, either because of their own self-interests or because it violates their values or ideology.  The arena in which these stakeholders fight out their differences over public policy is called “politics.”  This course will help prepare you for the fight.

Instructor(s): M. Farinella     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 38660. Sem: Polit Econ Of Urban Dev. 100 Units.

For course description contact SSAD.

Equivalent Course(s): SSAD 48200

PPHA 38730. Terrorism, Insurgency and Civil War. 100 Units.

This course introduces students to modern, social scientific approaches to the study of political violence. We will focus on several key questions: What are the causes of political violence? How is violence used? Who participates in political violence? What do we know about how to counter the use of violence? How are rebel groups organized? And what are the consequences of violence for society? The course addresses these questions by presenting students with the best, cutting edge research on political violence in the social sciences. The goal of doing so is three-fold. First, I hope that students will come away from the course with a better sense of the social mechanisms underlying these critical phenomena and a more nuanced understanding of the policy challenges that political violence poses. Second, I hope students will develop an appreciation for how difficult these questions are to answer credibly. Finally, and most importantly, the course is designed to help students think critically about the literature, so that they can engage the relevant policy debates in a serious-minded and informed way.

Instructor(s): E. Bueno de Mesquita

PPHA 38900. Environmental Science and Policy. 100 Units.

With a strong emphasis on the fundamental physics and chemistry of the environment, this course is aimed at students interested in assessing the scientific repercussions of various policies on the environment. The primary goal of the class is to assess how scientific information, the economics of scientific research, and the politics of science interact with and influence public policy development and implementation.

Instructor(s): D. Coursey      Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 39201. Energy and Energy Policy. 100 Units.

This course shows how scientific constraints affect economic and other policy decisions regarding energy, what energy-based issues confront our society, how we may address them through both policy and scientific study, and how the policy and scientific aspects can and should interact. We address specific technologies, both those now in use and those under development, and the policy questions associated with each, as well as with more overarching aspects of energy policy that may affect several, perhaps many, technologies.

Instructor(s): S. Berry, G. Tolley     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): PQ: Third- or fourth-year standing. For ECON majors who want ECON credit for this course (ECON 26800): PQ is ECON 20100.
Equivalent Course(s): CHSS 37502,ECON 26800,ENST 29000,PBPL 29000,PSMS 39000,BPRO 29000

PPHA 39330. Education Leadership, Policy and Philanthropy. 100 Units.

This course examines the contemporary issues of school reform and the various and competing theories driving change within the Chicago Public Schools, and beyond. Students will gain a breadth of theoretical perspectives that will used to understand and debate the real-time events that are most likely to unfold during the term. The context for this course is the premise that we are living in a time of massive change and that the twin challenges of our times are to elevate our standards of education and accelerate the rate of improvement required for virtually all students to attain those standards.

Instructor(s): T. Mazany     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 39402. Topics in U.S. Tax Policy. 100 Units.

Even before the financial crisis of 2008, the federal government faced a bleak fiscal future of rising deficits due to Social Security and Medicare costs. Now, the grave budgetary outlook, along with the popular view that the tax code is overly complex and inefficient, will necessitate significant changes in tax policy in the near future. Against this backdrop, this course describes the basic economics of taxation, examines the major features of the United States federal tax system, and analyzes the most important reform proposals. The course aims to give students a comprehensive view of how the federal government raises revenue and to provide substantive knowledge about tax policy proposals that are likely to dominate debate over the next decade.

Instructor(s): J. Sallee

PPHA 39404. Inequality, Household Finance, and Tax Policy. 100 Units.

The first component of this course will feature seminar discussions of income inequality and US tax policy, with a focus on income transfers such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. We will also review current policy topics in Household Finance, the study of how households save, borrow, and/or use insurance to overcome unexpected changes in household income. In addition, we will discuss the process of filing tax returns, the prevalence of income tax refunds, and the various industries, both non-profit and for-profit, that have arisen around this phenomenon. Next, students will go into the field, and work as volunteer tax preparers for a local, Chicago non-profit, the Center for Economic Progress (CEP). Students will be trained as tax preparers (which requires a 3-hour training session), learn how these services are delivered, and will also learn about the various social goals and public benefits that are often coupled with this process. Tax season begins in late January, and the students will work on site at some steady frequency, until the end of the quarter. Students are also encouraged, though not required, to continue to volunteer until the end of the tax season, April 15th.  Finally, students will produce one of three deliverables. They can prepare an evaluation of CEP or they can produce a policy brief, or they can produce a research proposal. This course satisfies the Public Policy windows practicum requirement. 

Instructor(s): A. Jones     Terms Offered: Winter
Equivalent Course(s): PBPL 29404

PPHA 39502. Antitrust Law. 100 Units.

This course covers the fundamentals of U.S. antitrust law (or competition law) as well as the underlying legal and economic theory. Topics covered include: (i) horizontal restraints of trade among competitors such as cartels, oligopolies, joint ventures, and other cooperative activities; (ii) monopoly and dominant firm conduct such as predatory pricing, discount bundling, refusals to deal with competitors, and exclusionary contracts; (iii) vertical restraints of trade between firms and their suppliers or customers such as exclusive dealing, tying arrangements, resale price maintenance, and territorial and customer restrictions; and (iv) mergers.

Instructor(s): Prasad Krishnamurthy - http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/krishnamurthy     Terms Offered: Autumn
Equivalent Course(s): LAWS 42801

PPHA 39503. Hate Crime. 100 Units.

This seminar will provide students with an overview of hate crime. The seminar will explore the emergence of modern hate crime laws in the United States and the legal controversies surrounding them. We will examine the challenges of data collection and the impact of data on policy analysis. Law enforcement and hate crime prosecution will be reviewed. The seminar will also consider the limits of the legal system to effectively address hate crime through conventional methods and discuss alternative options. Grading will be based on class participation and a final research paper.

Instructor(s): Cynthia Shawamreh - http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/shawamreh     Terms Offered: Autumn
Note(s): Grading will be based on class participation and a final research paper.
Equivalent Course(s): LAWS 53704

PPHA 39504. Race and the Criminal Justice System. 100 Units.

This seminar examines the intersection of race and criminal justice in the United States exploring many of the following topics: racial profiling in law enforcement, police accountability, community policing, prosecutorial discretion and misconduct, performance of defense counsel, jury selection, transfer of children to adult court, juvenile life without parole, mandatory minimums, drug law policy, and the death penalty.

Instructor(s): Randolph Stone - http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/stone-r     Terms Offered: Winter
Equivalent Course(s): LAWS 69102

PPHA 39505. Juvenile Justice. 100 Units.

This seminar considers how our legal system should respond to crimes committed by minors. In particular, students consider the appropriateness of treating minors differently from adults in preventing, adjudicating, and imposing consequences for criminal behavior.

Instructor(s): Emily Buss - http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/buss     Terms Offered: Spring
Note(s): Readings on adolescent development and urban sociology help inform discussions. The student’s grade is based on class discussion, and a series of short papers and/or blog posts.
Equivalent Course(s): LAWS 60102

PPHA 39511. Law and the Mental Health System. 100 Units.

The course examines the interrelationship between legal doctrine; procedural rules; medical, cultural, and social scientific understandings of mental disability; and institutional arrangements affecting the provision of services to the mentally disabled. Consideration is given to admission to and discharge from mental health facilities, to competency to consent to or to refuse treatment, to surrogate decision-making for those found incompetent, to the rights of those confined in mental health facilities; to discrimination against the mentally disabled, and to the rights of the mentally disabled in the criminal justice system.

Instructor(s): Mark Joseph Heyrman - http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/heyrman     Terms Offered: Autumn
Note(s): Grades are based on a final paper or a final take-home exam, and class participation.
Equivalent Course(s): LAWS 47001

PPHA 39523. Project and Infrastructure Development and Finance. 100 Units.

This seminar is focused on the development and project financing of infrastructure facilities. These transactions feature a wide variety of commercial agreements and financial instruments, legal and financial structuring, and a significant role for lawyers. Public private partnership structures will be examined. Representative transactions, principally in the energy, transportation and public infrastructure sectors, will be selected for analysis and discussion. Infrastructure projects such as these provide a convenient vehicle for discussion of contractual provisions, structuring parameters, financial analysis, and legal practice issues common to a broad range of business and financial transactions. The classes will be discussion oriented; grades will be based on 3-4 short papers, an analytical paper of 10- 13 pages based on a case study and class participation.

Instructor(s): Martin Jacobson - http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/jacobson     Terms Offered: Autumn
Note(s): There are no pre-requisites, although basic corporation law is recommended. The readings will be taken from textbooks, professional journals, and actual commercial and financial contracts. A speaker from the financial community with a wide range of experience is expected. WP requirements may be satisfied with an additional research paper.
Equivalent Course(s): LAWS 42512

PPHA 39524. International Tax Policy. 100 Units.

This class provides an introduction to the policy issues raised by the taxation of cross-border flows of investment and income. In recent years, growing international economic integration has been associated with an increased extent and scope of multinational firms’ operations, and with rapidly expanding cross-border investment flows. This class analyzes the tax policy issues raised by these and other related developments. This is not a class on international tax law. While many international tax rules will be introduced and discussed, the focus is on analyzing policy issues using economic and financial perspectives. The class does not require any background in international taxation. It should appeal not only to those with a general interest in taxation and tax policy, but also to those with a background in business law and an interest in the application of economic and financial concepts to the law.

Instructor(s): Dhammika Dharmapala - http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/dharmapala     Terms Offered: Winter
Equivalent Course(s): LAWS 44601

PPHA 39610. Cultural Economics. 100 Units.

The course is designed to move beyond the values debate of the “culture wars” in order to focus on how culture—here defined as the arts and humanities—can be evaluated analytically as a sector, an object of policy research. In what sense can it be said that there is a “national interest” or “public interest” in culture? What is the rationale for government intervention in or provision for the arts and humanities? Is it possible to define the workings of culture in a way that would permit one to recommend one form of support rather than another, one mode of collaboration or regulation over another? Is it possible to measure the benefits (or costs)—economic, social, and political—of culture? We will begin by reading some classic definitions of culture and more recent general policy statements, then address a series of problematic issues that require a combination of theoretical reflection and empirical research.

Instructor(s): D. Coursey     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 39702. The Politics of Culture. 100 Units.

In this course, we will be looking at the ways in which different thinkers and different political systems have defined both culture itself and the state's interest in culture. Among the questions to be considered are: What counts as culture and why? What kind of power is art, sculpture, literature, etc. though to exert and over whom? From the state's point of view, what is dangerous in culture and what is valuable about culture? What kinds of controls do different states exercise over culture, and what uses do different states make of culture? We will focus on several recent arts controversies and will try to develop comparisons between Japanese, American and European approaches to cultural policy.

PPHA 39703. Hot Button Topics in Cultural Policy. 100 Units.

This course offers students interested in investigating some of the most pressing issues facing the arts today the opportunity to work closely with practitioners in the cultural field to help define the big questions and propose the necessary research programs and policy directions to provoke, unsettle, challenge, and offer new direction to the field. Arts organizations, funding agencies, patrons and audiences tend to be especially risk-averse in difficult economic eras, a time when the arts get readily labeled a luxury and support drops to low priority. But it is precisely in such unsettled times that new forms of cultural production and consumption can emerge, new organizational models for the arts can be imagined and tried, and the status quo in the cultural sector can be challenged, creating a new opportunity for critical cultural policy analysis to make an impact. The course will combine the format of a seminar and a workshop, with students working in collaboration with Cultural Policy Center-affiliated arts consultants on specific “hot button” topics of importance to the field. The goal will be to produce a series of “provocation papers”—rooted in research, but framing some new questions and approaches for the arts and culture field. Course work will include substantive background reading in cultural policy, researching, writing, and public presentations of the topics.

Instructor(s): B. Farrell     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 39710. Introduction to Cultural Policy. 100 Units.

Provides an overview of U.S. cultural policy, tracing the origins of the arts infrastructure from the late 19th century to the present, with a focus on the shaping of cultural organizations, taste, patronage systems and audiences. We will investigate a number of contemporary issues, including the much debated role of arts education; the viability of the arts as an engine of economic and community development; the consequences of the recent building boom -- museums, performing arts centers, theaters; and the role (both in fact and potential) of cultural diplomacy and international efforts to preserve cultural heritage. Among others, we will consider three basic policy questions: Who decides? Who pays? Who benefits?; and we will examine what a robust cultural policy for the U.S. might look like in the future.

Instructor(s): B. Farrell     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 39711. Arts, Culture, and Policy. 100 Units.

In this course, we will explore the evolving intersections of arts, culture and policy in the United States.  We will investigate questions such as:  How do government policies (or the lack thereof) shape the environment in which arts and culture are produced and shared?  How have the distinctions between “arts” and “culture” influenced policy decisions in the past, particularly given the Eurocentric nature of many “arts” institutions in our country?  As we move forward in a more multi-cultural world, what opportunities exist for evolving policies that can support both “culture” and the “arts”?  How can policy solutions help create fertile conditions for culture to thrive, particularly in U.S. cities?  Through a combination of lecture/discussion, engagement with leading voices from the field, scholarly readings and applied learning, this course will provide the resources necessary for students to create a series of current cultural policy objectives suitable for presentation to decision makers in Chicago and other major cities. 

Instructor(s): K. Gahl-Mills     Terms Offered: Autumn

PPHA 39759. The Politics of Public Policy in Latin America. 100 Units.

This course will cover the politics of policy making in Latin America. The first part will focus on understanding the problems of economic development in the region. It will address how and why Latin America is different by looking at its economic outcomes, economic and social policies and political institutions. It will also look at different examples of how political institutions shape policy outcomes. The second part will ground the distinctiveness of Latin America in its history, and show
,why understanding this is critical for comprehending why it is so different from the
,United States. It will explore how these historical factors persist, for example, how the
,legacy of authoritarianism shapes redistributive policies and how these historical
,foundations have created the weak Latin American states we see today. The third part
,of the course will look at how groups such as civil society or violent actors can also
,shape policymaking and welfare in this region. Finally, it will discuss some
,perspectives on whether some countries in the region have managed to find ways to
,change their political institutions and subsequently their social and economic policies
,with the prospect of creating a more prosperous society.

Instructor(s): M. Bautista     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 39760. Fiscal Policy in Latin America. 100 Units.

This course is about economic policymaking in practice, with emphasis in Latin America. It is structured around a set of topics with particularly salient challenges in the region in areas widely related to fiscal policy both from the income and from the expenditure side and its implications from the macroeconomic perspective as well as for subnational governments, firms, and households. During the course, students will learn and discuss some of the policy dilemmas in various areas ranging from fiscal rules and tax policy to mining royalties to subsidies for poverty alleviation and access to finance. In addition, one overarching question in the course will be: why policies are often not optimal in spite of a common (or at least widespread) understanding of the desirable course of action? From the policy maker´s perspective, the course examines different types of obstacles: political economy issues (conflicts between interested parties), lack of resources (financial, human), coordination problems within government (between regions, sectors, agencies, branches of government), tradeoffs between economic efficiency and distribution, etc. The instructor will draw extensively from her own first-hand experience in Colombia, but will bring examples from other countries in the region (and occasionally outside of it) as well. Students will prepare and present case studies to be discussed in class.

Instructor(s): X. Cadena     Terms Offered: Autumn

PPHA 39801. International Organizations in Theory and Practice. 100 Units.

This seminar introduces students to the theoretical frameworks, empirical cases, and cutting-edge debates in the field of international organizations (IOs). The seminar is structured in three parts. First, we will focus on the different theoretical perspectives in International Relations scholarship for understanding international organizations. Second, the seminar will examine the effects of international organizations on world politics. Third, we will look at examples of different kinds of international organizations and how they work “in the real world”. Overall the seminar will address key questions such as: How do IOs foster interstate cooperation and state compliance? How do IOs shape state interests and identities? Why do IOs often fail? How should we think about the pathologies of IOs as global bureaucracies? How do IOs influence NGOs and their strategies? We will close by discussing gaps in the literature and potential avenues for future research.

Instructor(s): F. Vabulas     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 39810. Advanced Topics in International Security. 100 Units.

This seminar is a graduate-level survey of recent scholarship in the study of international security, covering two general areas: (1) traditional (i.e., "state-centered") and (2) non-traditional security issues. The first half of the seminar is devoted to recent developments in the study of interstate security. We will contemplate the significance and durability of American unipolarity, the rise of some peer competitors, and the changing nature of international relations in the 21st century. The second half of the seminar will explore the growing significance of non-traditional security threats. In this portion, we will discuss counterinsurgency, civil war, terrorism, humanitarian intervention, among other developing security concerns. The ultimate goal of the seminar is to provide students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with a sample of prominent recent thought on the nature of violence in the contemporary international system. This exploration will provide students with a foundation for the independent pursuit of academic and policy questions in international security of special interest to them.

Instructor(s): M. Reese     Terms Offered: Winter
Note(s): Enrollment by instructor permission
Equivalent Course(s): INRE 44901,SOSC 44901

PPHA 39910. Environmental Analysis Methods I. 100 Units.

The course objective is to introduce and familiarize the students with the analytical approaches and methods of environmental analysis and assessment used to support decision‑making and the development of policies and regulations at local, regional, national, and global scales.  Beginning with the introduction of the “environment” as a complex system, an overview of the linkages among the various approaches for environmental analysis and assessment, and the discussion of climate change science as a complex system within the science-policy context, the course will then provide an introduction to pathway analysis of contaminant releases to the environment, and finally to lifecycle analysis as a method to assess energy, material inputs and environmental releases, and their impacts associated with all stages of a product/process’s life.

Instructor(s): A. Elgowainy C. Magal     Terms Offered: Autumn

PPHA 39925. Energy Policy and Human Behavior. 100 Units.

The success of many environmental and energy-related policies depends on the support and cooperation of the public. This course, drawing from multiple fields of behavioral science, will examine the psychological and social aspects of different energy-related behaviors, ranging from household energy conservation to public support and opposition for emergent energy technologies (e.g., wind farms, fracking, etc.). Through a mix of lecture and discussion, we will explore questions such as: what are potential motivations and barriers – beyond financial considerations – to the uptake of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies? How can policies be designed to enhance adoption? Why is climate change such a divisive issue and what are the psychological barriers that prevent concerned people from acting? Why do people support clean energy broadly but object to developments when proposed in their own communities? By taking a behavioral approach, the course aims to equip students with an enhanced framework for evaluating energy and environmental policies that goes beyond traditional economic and regulatory perspectives. There are no prerequisites. 

Instructor(s): K. Wolske     Terms Offered: Autumn

PPHA 40010. Leadership and Modern American Politics. 100 Units.

This course aims to help students think critically about what makes for successful leadership in politics and beyond.  Though emphasis is placed on political leadership, lessons and examples are drawn from history, literature, philosophy, and business.  The course is broken into two parts.  In the first half, we will examine the psychology of leadership and try to determine the qualities that make for strong, compelling leaders by drawing on the work of Adam Smith, Benjamin Franklin, William Shakespeare, and Karl Marx, among others. In the second half, we will conduct a case study in leadership by looking at the 2008 Presidential Campaign and the first term of President Barack Obama.  In particular, we will focus on the challenges presented by the financial crisis and the special demands it made on leaders across business and politics.  We will look at how these leaders reacted individually to the crisis and how they found ways of working together to address it.  During this part of the course, we will welcome to the class speakers who have worked inside and in partnership with the Obama White House.

Instructor(s): J. Rollert, A. Hitchcock     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 40200. Race, Wealth, and Public Policy. 100 Units.

Scholars and public policy experts alike have been bedeviled for years by the large and persistent racial differences in economic outcomes. Differences in income or earnings are the usual index on which most discussion focuses. However, differences in wealth - the sum total of what people own, minus what they owe - dwarf these income differences. This course will do three main things. First, it will discuss the best current evidence about the extent of racial and class wealth inequality, both in the U.S. and around the world. Differences in the level of overall wealth; differences in the propensity to hold wealth-increasing assets like housing and stocks; as well as differences in levels of debt will all be explored. Second, drawing from literature in sociology, political science, history, and (especially) economics, alternative theoretical accounts of the reasons for wealth disparities will be discussed. We will discuss as well speculative accounts not presented in the available literature. Finally, we will critically assess a series of public policy initiatives-the inheritance tax, affirmative action, reparations, F.H.A. loans, residential relocation schemes, to take a few examples-which have as their stated or implicit aim the reduction of wealth inequality or its level of persistence.

Instructor(s): K. Charles

PPHA 40320. Nordic Model of Social Welfare. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): Y. Gallen     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 40500. Transitions to Adulthood. 100 Units.

The transition to adulthood takes place in an economic landscape characterized by a widening gap between rich and poor. Changing economic conditions have made jobs scarce in many areas, especially inner cities. Delays in marriage and parenthood are increasingly common. Cohabitation and prolonged residence with parents characterize the life choice of many young adults. How are young peoples early family experiences related to the paths they take in early adulthood? What role does adolescent employment play in youths subsequent development? How do teenage child bearers navigate the transition to adulthood? How do young men and women combine work and close relationships? Who are the winners and losers at this critical life transition? What role can public policy play? This seminar will explore these and other related questions through readings and the discussion of empirical research drawn primarily from developmental psychology, sociology, and demography.

Instructor(s): A. Kalil

PPHA 40700. Developmental Perspectives on Child and Family Policy. 100 Units.

This course is designed to provide an overview of current policy issues involving children and families, and will emphasize the scientific perspective of developmental psychology. The following topics will be addressed: family structure and child development, the role of the father in children's lives, poverty and family processes, maternal employment and child care, adolescent parenthood, neighborhood influences on families, and welfare reform. Theoretical perspectives and measurements, (e.g., the tools of the science), regarding how children develop from infancy to adulthood, will be stressed.

Instructor(s): A. Kalil

PPHA 40810. Policy Interventions to Improve Children's Health and Human Capital. 100 Units.

This class will draw from the literature in developmental psychology, economics, and public policy to study and assess the effectiveness of interventions targeted at children, families, schools, and neighborhoods that aim to improve children's health, achievement, and long-run success. The class will consider U.S. interventions as well as those in other countries. This is a seminar course and not a lecture course. Students are expected to be actively engaged in presenting and discussing course materials.

Instructor(s): A. Kalil     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 40900. Work and Family: Policies to Promote Family Well-Being and Child Development. 100 Units.

The landscape of work has changed dramatically in recent decades and numerous demographic trends are transforming family life. Perhaps most important is the greatly increased number of mothers in the labor force (including middle class and also low-income mothers). At the same time, job loss and instability remain permanent features of the U.S. economy and this also affects families across the socioeconomic spectrum. This multidisciplinary course will draw from research in demography, economics, and developmental psychology to examine the conditions shaping America’s working families, and how research can inform public policies to promote parent and child well-being in working families. An important focus will be on the intersection between parental work, family processes, and child development, and the way these perspectives can help policy analysts and policy makers evaluate policies related to work and family. Among other topics, we will examine the growing population of working mothers with young children, the use and effects of non-parental child care, welfare reform and the low-wage labor market, the emergence of a 24/7 economy, the effects of job loss and unemployment on parent and child well-being, and the availability and utilization of paid family leave and other public policies to support working families.

Instructor(s): A. Kalil

PPHA 41010. Transportation Planning and Policy. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): G. Newmark     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 41020. Health Impacts of Transportation Systems. 100 Units.

Transportation systems affect human health through complex pathways. Governments invest in transport infrastructure because it encourages economic growth and mobility of people and goods, which have direct and indirect benefits to health. Yet, an excessive reliance on motorized modes of transport harms population health, the environment and social well-being. The impact on population health is substantial: Globally, road traffic crashes kill over 1.3 million annually. Air pollution, to which transport is an important contributor, kills another 3.2 million people. Motorized modes of transport are also an important contributor to sedentary lifestyles. Physical inactivity is estimated to cause 3.2 million deaths every year, globally. This course will introduce students to thinking about transportation as a technological system that affects human health and well-being through intended and unintended mechanisms. The course will examine the complex relationship between transportation, land use, urban form, and geography, and explore how decisions in other sectors affect transportation systems, and how these in turn affect human health. Students will learn to recognize how the system level properties of a range of transportation systems (such as limited-access highways, urban mass transit, inter-city rail) affect human health.

Instructor(s): K. Bhalla     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 41101. Political Economy I: Introduction to Applied Game Theory. 100 Units.

This course is an introduction to game theory, along with applications to democratic policy making and applied microeconomics. There are no formal prerequisites. This course is optimized for Harris School PhD students, who are taking microeconomics concurrently, and can solve simple optimization problems using calculus.

Instructor(s): S. Ashworth     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 41102. Political Economy 2: Intermediate Applied Theory. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): P. Montagnes     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 41103. Political Economy 3. 100 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): C. Berry     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 41210. Physics and Technology for Future Policy Wonks. 100 Units.

We will cover the broad range of physics and technology topics that are at the heart of current local and national policy debates. The aim of the course will be to give you the tools for distinguishing between sense and nonsense when confronted by technology-based arguments - it is not to turn you into physicists! The course text - "Physics and Technology for Future Presidents", by Richard A. Muller - was written specifically with this aim in mind, and will be used as a general guide to the subject areas that we will cover. Most of the course topics will revolve around energy - its generation, distribution, use, and abuse - but depending on students' interests, we may also go into other areas, such as transportation and national security.

Instructor(s): R. Rosner

PPHA 41300. Cost-Benefit Analysis. 100 Units.

The goals of this course include learning (1) how to read, or judge, a cost-benefit analysis; (2) how to incorporate elements of cost-benefit analysis into policy work; and (3) when CBA is a good tool to use and when it isn't. This class also presents an opportunity to reflect on big picture issues of how to treat uncertainty and risk; discount costs and benefits received in the future; value lives saved; and manage other difficult matters. In brief, this class offers a comprehensive treatment of the cost benefit analysis methodology, with attention devoted to the microeconomic underpinnings of the technique as well as applications drawn from many areas, including health, the environment, and public goods.

Instructor(s): P. Worthington     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 41400. Applied Regression Analysis. 100 Units.

This course is based on the theory and practice of econometrics. Its intention is to provide hands-on experience with econometric analysis, without neglecting sound knowledge of econometric theory. It is designed to help students acquire skills that make them effective consumers and producers of empirical research in public policy, economics and related fields. Throughout the course, concepts will be illustrated with application in economics. Various aspects will be covered in the course, in particular: i) development of testable econometric models; ii) use of appropriate data, and; iii) specification and estimation of econometric models.

PPHA 41500. Intermediate Microeconomics. 100 Units.

This course covers basic concepts of demand and supply analysis in economics. The course is intended to be taken by students who have taken the economics core, but is at a lower degree of difficulty than the Ph.D. courses in economics offered.

PPHA 41600. Survey Research Methodology. 100 Units.

Scientific social surveys provide a substantial proportion of the data on which policy decisions in government are based. In health services research, child and family research, education, and much of social and economic statistics, the dominant data source is the survey. This course is designed to introduce participants to the key components of the survey and how to evaluate them. The field of survey methodology draws on theories and practices from several academic disciplines - sociology, psychology, statistics, mathematics, computer science, and economics. This course will introduce the set of principles that are the basis of standard practice in the field. Topics include: inference in social research; survey design; coverage, sampling, and nonresponse; questionnaire and question design; modes of data collection; interviewing; post-collection processing; scientific integrity and ethics; history of survey research; evaluation of surveys. The course will include a quarter-long project in which small groups will design a survey to tackle a real-life survey issue and present the results at the end of the quarter. Prerequisites: At least one course in statistics at the level of PPHA 31000.

Instructor(s): M. Davern     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 41800. Survey Questionnaire Design. 100 Units.

The questionnaire has played a critical role in gathering data used to assist in making public policy, evaluating social programs, and testing theories about social behavior (among other uses). This course offers a systematic way to construct and evaluate questionnaires. We will learn to think about survey questions from the perspective of the respondent and in terms of cognitive and social tasks that underlie responding. We will examine the impact of questions on data quality and will review past and recent methodological research on questionnaire development. The course will help students to tell the difference between better and worse types of survey questions, find and evaluate existing questions on different topics, and construct and test questionnaires for their own needs.

Instructor(s): Rene Bautista     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 42000. Applied Econometrics I. 100 Units.

This course is the first in a two-part sequence designed to cover applied econometrics and regression methods at a fairly advanced level. This course provides a theoretical analysis of linear regression models for applied researchers. It considers analytical issues caused by violations of the Gauss-Markov assumptions, including linearity (functional form), heteroscedasticity, and panel data. Alternative estimators are examined to deal with each. Prerequisites: This course is intended for first or second-year Ph.D. students or advanced masters-level students who have taken the Statistics 24400/24500 sequence. Familiarity with matrix algebra is necessary.

Instructor(s): J. Grogger     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 42100. Applied Econometrics II. 100 Units.

Public Policy 42100, the second in a two-part sequence, is a basic course in applied econometrics designed to provide students with the tools necessary to evaluate and conduct empirical research. It will focus on the analysis of theoretical econometric problems and the hands-on use of economic data. Topics will include non-linear estimation, multi-variate and simultaneous systems of equations, and qualitative and limited dependent variables. Some familiarity with linear algebra is strongly recommended. Required of all first-year Ph.D. students.

Instructor(s): D. Black     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 42521. History of Financial Crises. 100 Units.

This course has an ambitious goal – to investigate both the tools of risk management at the firm level through hands-on training and practice, and the lessons of macroeconomic or systemic risk through examination of financial crises throughout history. These lessons are important – whether it is the South Sea Company crisis of 1700s or the mortgage debt crisis in the United States in the 2000s, financial crises have shaped our world. Understanding history is the first step towards intelligent policy. To examine the financial and economic history we will read some of the classic (and also some of the newer) texts in this area:  A Monetary History of the United States, 1857-1960 by Milton Friedman & Anna Jacobson Schwartz; Manias, Panics, and Crashes by Charles P. Kindleberger (for a history of financial panics); Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay (for a history of the 18th century South Sea Bubble in Britain and the Sword Blade Bank and Mississippi Company in France); This Time is Different – Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen Reinhart & Kenneth Rogoff (for why this time is not different – financial folly has a long history); Fragile by Design by Charles Calomiris & Stephen Haber (for a cogent and disciplined analysis of banking systems across time and across countries – US, Canada, UK, Mexico, and Brazil)

Instructor(s): T. Coleman     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 42535. Banking Regulation and Management. 100 Units.

This course counts toward the Economic. This course presents the basics of the banking business and the development of the current financial regulatory environment for the United States, the European Union, the UK, and China, as well as the role of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in setting global standards..  Payment systems and bank management of financial risks, including credit, market and others, will be covered. The focus will be on the banking and money markets in each of these countries, with limited discussion of futures and equity exchanges, and unregulated financial activities.  The course will provide an overview of the various regulatory bodies, which cover financial services in these countries.  Further, the delineation of responsibilities and areas of overlap and potential conflict will be discussed.   Major legislation in each country will be presented and some discussion of the underlying legal, economic and financial theories that led to these laws will be discussed.

Instructor(s): D. H. Schabes     Terms Offered: Winter
Note(s): Economic Policy Certificate course; Students pursuing certificate receive priority.

PPHA 43200. Political and Campaign Strategy. 100 Units.

A public policy initiative ultimately gets played out in the public arena, where it is subjected to a variety of intervening factors that can overwhelm even the most elegantly reasoned policy proposal. Politicians seeking re-election, publishers looking to sell papers, lobbyists trying to show results for their clients, all have a serious impact on the eventual success or failure of a plan no matter how well conceived or crafted. This course uses the political campaign as a model for approaching public policy implementation. We will examine the infrastructure and mechanics of successful campaigns, components of effective media strategies, both paid and earned, and the use lobbying and coalition-building to achieve public policy goals. Through presentations by various policy experts, politicians, business and labor leaders, this course will provide students with a working knowledge of the fundamentals of a political campaign as well as the ability to apply this knowledge to success in the public policy sphere.

Instructor(s): K. Conlon and K. O'Keefe     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 43401. Diplomacy and Defense. 100 Units.

While the negotiating table of diplomacy has typically seated the military and economics as incentive-makers – with all their powers and perils - it seems the table has been tossed out for a wrestling ring. This state of affairs was long in the making. By its own admission, the U.S.’s statecraft powers gradually became more stove-piped despite “whole-of-government” initiatives over the past few decades. Between State and Defense, areas of responsibility decreasingly corresponded with areas of authority. Meanwhile, the world changed, as it always does – but the relationship between our powers and the nature of our strategic objectives are now unprecedentedly obscure. Diplomats must master the crafts of strategy and negotiation – their toolkit includes hard and soft powers. This course is about understanding those tools, without which diplomats suffer from principal-agent problems, e.g. relying on “experts” to tell them what to do with regards to aircraft carriers, sanctions, counterthreat finance, transitional public security, etc.

Instructor(s): S. Ansaari     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 44100. Advanced Microeconomics for Policy Analysis 1. 100 Units.

Students should learn the neoclassical theories of consumer behavior, production, and competitive equilibrium. Students will also be introduced to the selection problem and basic approaches to the solving the selection problem.

Instructor(s): S. Ashworth     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 44200. Advanced Microeconomics for Policy Analysis 2. 100 Units.

The course provides a rigorous foundation of microeconomics and the mathematical tools necessary for students who want to take graduate level courses in economics and public policy and understand articles in economics journals. It covers classical consumer theory, choice under uncertainty, and theory of production; competitive markets and general equilibrium; and an introduction to game theory with applications to signaling and principle-agent problems. The course is intended for students with a solid understanding of intermediate microeconomics (e.g. PPHA 32300 and PPHA 32400) and facility in (single-variable) calculus. Further mathematical tools will be introduced as needed. Required of all Ph.D. students.

Instructor(s): D. Jones     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 44310. Public Policy and the Labor Market. 100 Units.

In both rich and developing countries, the economic resources on which people live come principally from their labor market earnings. Labor economics is concerned with such questions as: (a) What determines the circumstances under which individuals sell their leisure endowments as labor market work, and the returns they receive by working? (b) What determines firms' demand for the labor as opposed to other productive inputs? (c) How do institutional and policy considerations, like the imposition of minimum wages rules, unionization, or free trade affect how workers fare in the labor market? This class addresses these and other questions. It will introduce and formally assess the major modern theoretical insights about the functioning of the labor market. In addition, it will critically assess empirical work on these themes.

Instructor(s): K. Charles     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 44340. Energy and Environmental Economics III. 100 Units.

Optimal environmental regulation requires an analysis of the trade-offs between market and regulatory imperfections. Market allocations are inefficient in the presence of imperfections such as externalities, market power, and informational asymmetries. On the other hand, government intervention to mitigate these imperfections is not costless, and can even make market performance worse. This course is the third course in the Ph.D. environmental and energy economics sequence at the University of Chicago. We focus on recent empirical analysis of the costs and benefits of environmental and energy policies, including an introduction to the relevant econometric methodologies such as randomized controlled trials, regression discontinuity design, bunching analysis, and structural estimation. Topics will include: energy demand and the energy efficiency gap, fuel economy and appliance efficiency standards, non-linear and real-time electricity pricing, wholesale electricity markets, renewable electricity policies, natural gas markets, retail gasoline markets, and technology innovations.

Instructor(s): K. Ito

PPHA 44600. The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth: A Social Policy Research Tool. 100 Units.

The NLSY97 is one of the major social science data sets in the U.S. The survey includes a random sample of America's teenagers at the beginning of the 21st Century, some 9000 youths age 12 -16 in 1997 who have been interviewed annually since 1997. The content of the survey includes the youth's schooling, earnings, family formation, and many social behaviors, attitudes and expectations. The course will acquaint students with the nature of large-scale, omnibus, national, longitudinal data sets; it will discuss many of the challenges of fielding such a survey; it will review the substantive findings from the NLSY97 to date; and it will provide opportunity to undertake analyses using this data resource.

Instructor(s): R. Datta     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 44800. Advanced Applications of Medical Cost Effectiveness Analysis. 100 Units.

The objective of this advanced graduate course is to prepare highly motivated students to perform cutting edge applications of cost-effectiveness methods to the study of medical and public health interventions. Lectures will review classic theoretical and empirical papers in cost-effectiveness analysis with a major focus on the application of advanced methods to practical problems in medical care and public health. Topics to be covered will include: the theoretical basis of cost-effectiveness analysis in utility theory, utility assessment, Bayesian methods for meta-analysis, probabilistic sensitivity analysis and cost-effectiveness acceptability curves, and value of research methods.

PPHA 44900. Social Experiments: Design and Generalization. 100 Units.

The pressure in many fields (notably medicine, health research, and education) for evidence-based results has increased the importance of the design and analysis of social investigations. This course will address three broad issues: the design and analysis of social experiments and quasi-experiments; the design and analysis of sample surveys; and how the interrelationships between the two approaches can inform generalization from experiments. There are two parallel streams in the course. First, the course will tackle the issues of generalization from three different perspectives: (i) the classic statistical design of experiments; (ii) the design of experiments and quasi-experiments in the social sciences; (iii) the design and analysis of sample surveys. Second, using a set of readings on research design in a variety of settings, we will consider how evidence from research is gathered and used. Randomized clinical trials in medicine, tests of interventions in education and manpower planning, and the use of scientific evidence in policy formulation will be among the examples.

PPHA 45100. Philanthropy and Public Policy. 100 Units.

Public Policy 45100 provides a framework within which to analyze and understand the changing nature of private philanthropy and its importance to society at large. This course will distinguish between charity, donations for immediate basic needs, and philanthropic giving for strategic policy oriented purposes. Special attention will be given to private philanthropy’s influence in social movements, including public school reform, public housing transformation, health care reform and community development. Discussions of leadership strategies, outcome measurement . It will examine historical case studies of philanthropic investments into public systems. It will also address turning points in public policy history, where philanthropic freedom was questioned due to its relationships with social movements. Finally it will review current trends and consider how strategic philanthropic investments have directly impacted advocacy for change, protections, or reforms of given public policies.

Instructor(s): S. Davis     Terms Offered: Spring

PPHA 45400. Longitudinal Data Analysis I. 100 Units.

This course acquaints students with the basic tools for analyzing panel and longitudinal data on individual event histories and life cycle trajectories. Students will become acquainted with the wealth of panel and longitudinal data, the basic methods for analyzing these data, and relevant analysis program and software tools. The topics covered include: basic demographic analysis; single state and multi-state duration analysis for discrete time and continuous time models; issues of sampling frames; panel data econometric methods (random effects and fixed effects and their generalizations for general forms of heterogeneity); the  analysis of treatment effects and  econometric policy evaluation including propensity score matching and new extensions; and dynamic discrete choice. Methods for computation and hands-on experience will be stressed. Credit for the course will be based on empirical projects. The pace of coverage will be dictated by student interest and research questions. The course will operate as a weekly seminar with lectures and interaction.

Equivalent Course(s): ECON 41901

PPHA 45401. Longitudinal Data Analysis II. 100 Units.

This second course will build upon PPHA 45400, offering a more diverse range of topics, as well as additional methodology.

Equivalent Course(s): ECON 41902

PPHA 46000. Applied Medical Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. 100 Units.

Medical cost-effectiveness analysis is increasingly used internationally in decisions about the funding and development of medical technologies and public health interventions. This masters-level course provides students with an intensive introduction to the theoretical and empirical tools of cost-effectiveness analysis and its application to health. Topics to be covered will include quality of life and cost measurement, model development and parameter estimation, and cost-effectiveness methods, including sensitivity analysis. Advanced concepts such as value of research methods will be introduced. Students will have weekly problem sets and instruction in a computer lab that will provide them with hands on experience performing medical cost-effectiveness analyses.

PPHA 46201. Special Issues in Healthcare Management. 100 Units.

For course description contact SSAD.

Equivalent Course(s): SSAD 46612

PPHA 46700. Urban Education & Educational Policy. 100 Units.

For course description contact SSAD.

Equivalent Course(s): SSAD 61500

PPHA 47000. Advanced Health Economics. 100 Units.

Most developed economies spend substantial fractions of their incomes on improving health through investments in health enhancing activities, in health care markets, and other means. In particular, in the last half century there has been substantial growth in the amount of income devoted to health care expenditures. Also, in developed and developing countries alike the public sector is heavily involved in the both the financing and production of health care; about two thirds of health expenditures on average are made by the public sector. This course will discuss advanced topics in the economic aspects of health and health care markets. The discussion will be focused on, but not limited to, health care markets in the United States. Particular attention will be paid to the effects and role of public sector interventions in health care markets including the subsidization of health care demand and the regulation of health care production. The course is mainly aimed at doctoral students but also open to master's students with an economics background.

Instructor(s): T. Philipson

PPHA 47500. Advanced Topics in Political Economy. 100 Units.

This course, co-taught between the Economics Department and the Harris School, will examine some recent advances in the applied game theoretic literature on political economy. Topics covered will likely include legislative and electoral institutions, democratization and nation building, legislative bargaining, information aggregation, and so on. The course assumes that students have a familiarity with core concepts in game theory, equivalent to that introduced in PPHA 419.

PPHA 48200. Analysis of Microeconomic Data I. 100 Units.

This course provides a theoretical analysis of linear regression models for applied researchers. Econometric topics include partial regression, the Gauss-Markov Theorem, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Alternative estimators and testing procedures are developed to deal with departures from the Gauss-Markov assumptions such as heteroskedasticity, panel data, endogenous regressors, and binary dependent variables. The course assumes familiarity with matrix algebra and mathematical statistics.

Instructor(s): D. Black     Terms Offered: Fall
Prerequisite(s): PPHA 42000 and PPHA 42100; or ECON 301 sequence

PPHA 48300. Analysis of Microeconomic Data II. 100 Units.

This course will cover methods for program and policy evaluation using panel data. In the first half of the course we will discuss longitudinal models. In the second half of the course, we will discuss hazard models.

Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 50000. Public Policy Internship. 100 Units.

Elective course credit may be received in conjunction with an internship if the student writes a paper of academic caliber under the supervision of a Harris School faculty advisor. Normally the advisor assigns readings, meets with the student, and conducts the course in the manner of an Individual Reading and Research course.

PPHA 50101. Leadership in Chicago. 000 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): D. Orr     Terms Offered: Winter
Note(s): Harris students only through an application process.

PPHA 50200. PhD Workshop. 100 Units.

No description available.

PPHA 50400. Science, Technology, and Policy. 000 Units.

This course will provide students an introduction to several aspects of science policy including briefings on (a) topics including climate change, cyber security, nuclear policy and bio-ethics; (b) institutions funding and effecting science policies including the U.S. National Laboratories, NSF, science museums, and congressional oversight committees; (c) a few fundamentals of science that influence policy. The course will have guest speakers for most weeks of the term, with a few readings for each session, a briefing from the speaker and an extended question-and-answer period in which students are expected to have questions prompted by the readings and the briefing.  Professor Kolb will frame the course materials, offering policy analysts an understanding of the nature, challenges and limitations of policies that promote and guide scientific inquiry and application.

PPHA 50502. Chicago Urban Leadership. 000 Units.

Instructor(s): D. Orr     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 50600. Urban Revitalization Project: Gary, Indiana. 100 Units.

This practicum is part of an ongoing and broader collaboration between the Chicago Harris and the City of Gary, Indiana, to assist Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and her administration with efforts to revitalize Gary, while offering students “real world” opportunities to develop and implement solutions for significant urban policy challenges.  The collaboration was officially launched in Fall 2012 and is led by former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Harris School.  Students in the practicum will conduct research, analyze data, compile information, and develop and present proposed strategies and policy recommendations to officials from the City of Gary on a specific set of urban policy challenges. A detailed description is included in the 'Recent Syllabus' section below. Qualifications: Only second and third year students are eligible to apply autumn and winter quarters. First-year students can apply for spring quarter. Strong research, writing and analytical skills are mandatory.   Related work experience or coursework and/or a demonstrated interest in urban policy issues is important.
Other important information: Students will be primarily expected to conduct work on their own time.  However, students are expected to be available for meetings on Fridays from 9 am – 12:00 p.m., as needed.  (Students are encouraged to work on their assignments with their group whenever a meeting is not necessary.) Periodic meetings with City of Gary staff to obtain information, seek guidance and provide updates will be expected.  Limited travel to Gary may be important and helpful. To apply: To enroll in the course, students must submit a resume and statement of interest, including preferred issue(s)-specific application details to follow.  Enrollment will be capped at 10 students.

Instructor(s): C. Brown

PPHA 50800. Practicum. 100 Units.

Practicums are faculty-supervised group projects initiated by client organizations. Practicums are typically designed for three to four students, providing each student eight to ten hours of work per week on their particular project. To be considered for the practicum, students must submit a statement of interest, resume, and list of relevant coursework. Criteria for selection includes academic performance at Harris; ability to work independently and in small groups; and likely capacity to benefit from the practicum experience.

PPHA 50900. International Policy Practicum. 100 Units.

This course will enable selected students to participate in seminar on a specific international topic during the fall quarter. At the conclusion of the quarter, participating students will take a faculty-led visit to the country of study. The expectation is that students will meet with and interview relevant policy actors during their international visit. Students will be responsible for organizing and analyzing the information gathered into a case study on the seminar topic.

Instructor(s): A. Menendez     Terms Offered: Fall

PPHA 52000. Individual Reading and Research Course. 100 Units.

The instructor and the student determine the nature of each Reading and Research Course. It is expected that they meet at least three or four times during the quarter and that the student write a substantial original paper.

PPHA 53000. Richard M. Daley Speaker Series. 000 Units.

No description available.

PPHA 58001. Data Analytics I: Quantitative Analysis. 100 Units.

This class will provide an introduction to quantitative analysis in public policy. Much of the class is devoted to learning about the effects of policies and answering empirical, policy-relevant questions from observational data. In doing so, the course provides an introduction to critical, quantitative thinking in general. Students will be introduced to the basic toolkit of policy analysis, which includes sampling, hypothesis testing, Bayesian inference, regression, experiments, instrumental variables, differences in differences, and regression discontinuity. Students will also learn how to use a statistical software program to organize and analyze data. More importantly, students will learn the principles of critical thinking essential for careful and credible policy analysis. 

Instructor(s): A. Fowler     Terms Offered: Winter

PPHA 58002. Data Analytics II: Introduction to Program Evaluation. 100 Units.

This course is the second course in Data Analytics for the part-time Harris MA program.

Instructor(s): J. Grogger     Terms Offered: Spring