MPP2021-502

Introduction to Public Policy

Nguyễn Xuân Thành
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Week
1
Date
Time
Activity
Tuesday, 15/10/2019
08:30 - 11:45

Session 1: Public Policy and the Public Policy Making Process

  • Birkland (2016). Chapters 1 & 2.
  • Kingdon (2013). Chapter 1.

Session 2: Case Study Method in Public Policy (Case Discussion Session)

  • Nike versus New Balance: Trade Policy in a World of Global Value Chains, HBS Case.
  • Learning by the Case Method, HKS Case Program.
  • Birkland (2016). Chapters 4 & 5. (not required)
  • Kingdon (2013). Chapters 2 & 3. (not required)
Wednesday, 16/10/2019
08:30 - 11:45

Session 3: Market and Market Failures

  • Stiglitz & Rosengard (2015). Chapter 3 (3.1: The Invisible Hand of Competitive Markets, 3.2: Welfare Economics and Pareto Efficiency).
  • Jonathan Pincus (2012). Public Policy in a Market Economy, FETP Teaching Note.
  • Stiglitz & Rosengard (2015). Chapter 4.

Session 4: Regulation (Case Discussion Session)

  • Uber in Vietnam, FETP Case
  • Jonathan Pincus & Đinh Vũ Trang Ngân (2013). Public Policy and Critical Thinking, FETP Teaching Note.
  • Harvey S. Rosen (2005). Public Finance, 7th Edition, McGraw-Hill, Chapters 2 & 3. (not required)
Thursday, 17/10/2019
08:30 - 11:45

Session 5: Monopoly and Regulation (Case Discussion Session)

  • Retail Electricity Price Regulation, FSPPM Case.
  • Peter Debaere (2011). Imperfect Competition and Monopolies, Darden Business Publishing, University of Virginia.

Session 6: Public Goods and Externalities 

  • Stiglitz & Rosengard (2015). Chapters 5 & 6. (Students may skip sections on diagrams and analytical models.)
Friday, 18/10/2019
08:30 - 11:45

Session 7: Asymmetric Information (Case Discussion Session)

  • The Cycle of Interest Rate Control and Liberalization, FSPPM Case.
  • HBS (1997). Asymmetric Information: Market Failures, Market Distortions, and Market Solutions.

Session 8: Distribution and Equity

  • Thomas Piketty (2014). Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Harvard University Press. Introduction.
Saturday, 19/10/2019
08:30 - 11:45

Session 9: Institutional Fragmentation (Case Discussion Session)

  • Ho Chi Minh City Port Relocation, FETP Case.

Session 10: Public Policy and Institutions

  • Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson (2012). Why nations fail: the origins of power, prosperity and poverty, New York: Random House. Chapter 15: "Understanding prosperity and poverty."
  • Dinh Vu Trang Ngan (2013). Institutions, FETP Teaching Note.
Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson
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Jonathan R. Pincus, Nguyen Xuan Thanh
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Thomas Piketty
Date: 20/04/2020 16:28; File size: 192,689 bytes
Joseph E. Stiglitz, Jay K. Rosengard
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Harvey S. Rosen, Princeton University, Ted Gayer
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Joseph E. Stiglitz, Jay K. Rosengard
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John W. Kingdon
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John W. Kingdon
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David O. Dapice
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The course will cover the following key topics: (i) The public policy process; (ii) Market and the role of government; (iii) Market failures (monopoly, public goods, externalities, asymmetric information) and public policy responses; (iv) Distribution and the efficiency/equity tradeoff; and (v) Institutions.

Students are required to study the materials, in particular the flipped-classroom materials, posted in Microsoft Team.

During the one-week in-class study at the Fulbright campus, classes include traditional lectures and case study sessions.