1. Topical and methodological issues from law and public governance perspectives
(Phạm Duy Nghĩa)
a. Roles of law in economic development
b. Roles of law in public policy
c. Accountability and challenges
d. Social participation and supervision in public governance
*WB, MPI, Vietnam 2035, pg. 92-121
2. Topical and methodological issues from finance and project appraisal perspectives (Huynh The Du)
a. Corporate finance
b. Development finance
c. Cost-benefit analysis in public investment
*The World Bank, Economic Analysis of Investments, Ch. 1.
*John Campbell, Andrew Lo, and Craig MacKinlay, The Econometrics of Financial Markets, Ch. 1.
The course is structured in three parts. The first part will introduce topics, tools and approaches in policy analysis from perspectives covered in FSPPM curriculum including: (i) Microeconomic Management, (ii) Development Policy, (iii) Trade, (iv) Regional Development, (v) Public Sector Economics, (vi) Development Finance, (vii) Public Investment Appraisal, (viii) Law and Public Governance, (ix) Public Management and Leadership. Important elements of methodology and policy issues will be stressed and presented again for thesis topic consideration.
The second part will introduce the fundamentals of research design and methodology choices, both in quantity and quality. By the end of this part, students will be able to explain basic concepts of research methodology, criticize and assess a research design of a policy paper, as well as his or her own research design.
Part three will present policy analysis process, starting from identifying/framing a policy issue to solving it. During the process, the students will learn different analytical methods (be it quantitative, qualitative or mixed), data/information sources, models and tools for constructing solution options and evaluating them and making policy recommendations accordingly. The course ends with general guidance on how to write and present an effective policy analysis, including policy research morals and discussion of instances where values and interests are in potential conflict.