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WWS 594j: Combining Theory and Data to Evaluate Policy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019
Many key policy debates, including Tax Reform, EITC expansion, health insurance reform and social security reform, involve assessing how policy changes would affect economic activity, government budgets, and the distribution of resources. This course will explore several policy areas and focus on applied economic and empirical methods to show how economists combine theory and data to evaluate such policies. The goal is to provide students with methods and practical examples of how these policies are evaluated in agencies such as the Congressional Budget Office, the Joint Committee on Taxation... Read more about WWS 594j: Combining Theory and Data to Evaluate Policy

WWS 593i The Future of Fiscal Policy: American Economic Policy Debates

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019
This course will evaluate fiscal policies that governments will likely consider in the 21st century, from both empirical and theoretical perspectives. Recent economic developments (including technological change, the rise of robots, and geographic sorting) present many challenges for policymakers. After briefly reviewing some of these developments, the course will focus on assessing several likely policy responses: taxing capital and top-income earners, the safety net and redistribution, and place-based policies that aim to address spatial disparities in opportunity.

WWS 593i The Future of Fiscal Policy: American Economic Policy Debates

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018

This course will evaluate fiscal policies that governments will likely consider in the 21st century, from both empirical and theoretical perspectives. Recent economic developments (including technological change, the rise of robots, and geographic sorting) present many challenges for policymakers. After briefly reviewing some of these developments, the course will focus on assessing several likely policy responses: taxing capital and top-income earners, the safety net and redistribution, and place-based policies that aim to address spatial disparities in opportunity.