Introduction to Public Policy & Institutional Analysis

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Tuesday, 05/10/2010
10:15 - 11:45

Lecture 01: What is a “fair” start?

 Dinh Vu Trang Ngan


Required reading: 

1. Malcolm Gladwell (2008) Outliers: The Story of Success, Chapter 1, “The Matthew Effect,” New York: Little, Brown and Company.

Suggested reading:

1. Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (2010) The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone, Chapter 8, “Education Performance,” Penguin Books.

Thursday, 07/10/2010
10:15 - 11:45

Lecture 02: How Do We Study Public Policy?

 Jonathan Pincus


Required reading:

1. Jonathan Pincus (2010) “Policy Case Study: Milk Price Registration and Regulations in Vietnam: Will it Lower Milk Prices?” Fulbright School, September.

2. Vietnamnet series on milk pricing, “Người tiêu dùng Việt Nam đang 'đốt' tiền mua sữa,”  Articles 1-5.

Eric A. Morris
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Michael J. Sandel
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Michael J. Sandel
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Steven E. Landsburg
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John Cassidy
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John Cassidy
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Greg Linden, Kenneth L. Kraemer, Jason Dedrick
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Jonathan R. Pincus
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Malcolm Gladwell
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The objective of this course is to introduce students to some key concepts in the study of public policy and relate them to concrete policy issues. Our aim is to demonstrate to students how the theories and techniques that they will study in greater depth in other classes can be applied to important economic and social problems.

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