Introduction to Public Policy & Institutional Analysis

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Tuesday, 04/10/2011
10:15 - 11:45

Lecture 01: What is a “fair” start?
Dinh Vu Trang Ngan

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

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

Thursday, 06/10/2011
10:15 - 11:45

Lecture 02: How Do We Study Public Policy?

Jonathan Pincus


Required reading:

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


Series of articles by Cẩm Quyên and Trần Thủy

“Người tiêu dùng Việt Nam đang 'đốt' tiền mua sữa,”


“Bó tay nhìn doanh nghiệp sữa móc túi người tiêu dùng,”


“Phơi bày thế giới ngầm kinh doanh sữa,”

“Lợi nhuận kếch xù từ kinh doanh sữa vào tay ai?”

Suggested reading:
Sally Macintyre, Iain Chalmers, Richard Horton, Richard Smith (2001) “Using Evidence to Inform Health Policy,” BMJ, January 27,

Michael J. Sandel
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Michael J. Sandel
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Vu Khoang
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Eric A. Morris
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Greg Linden, Kenneth L. Kraemer, Jason Dedrick
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Steven D. Levitt
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Cam Quyen, Tran Thuy
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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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