Economic Policy

The Policy Field in Economic Policy focuses on the study of policy issues related to market, government, firm, and individual behavior. The specialty allows students to build knowledge regarding economic theory and tools used by economists to consider policy issues. In addition, the specialty offers several courses in which theoretical and statistical tools are applied to specific policy areas, including public economics, urban and regional economics, and health economics.

The following advanced quantitative methods courses are strongly recommended, and students are encouraged to work with their advisor to identify other relevant advanced methods courses:

  • BPHD 8120 Econometrics I
  • BPHD 8130 Econometrics II

Students are encouraged to choose courses of interest from the following offerings:

  • PPOL 8667 Economics of Health and Health Care
  • PPOL 8705 Advanced Urban and Regional Economics
  • PPOL 8707 Game Theory and Experiments
  • PPOL 8709 Public Economics
  • PPOL 8711 Monetary and Financial Theory

In addition, the following economic theory courses are recommended for students without Master’s level training in Economics:

  • PPOL 8701 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
  • PPOL 8703 Advanced Microeconomic Theory

Other courses appropriate for each specialty may be available and students may take these or substitute them for one of the listed classes in consultation with their Advisor and the Director of the Program.

Students are encouraged to develop a focus in other related fields or design their specialty based on faculty resources available. As with all programs, such a program would need the approval of the student’s advisor and the Director of the Program. Program faculty will continue to develop additional substantive and methods courses.