Teaching

Eco 341: Public Economics and Public Policy

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Many policy debates, including raising top taxes, EITC expansion, and healthcare reform, involve assessing how policy changes would affect economic activity, government budgets, and the distribution of resources. Our new undergraduate 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...

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WWS 593j: Combining Theory and Data to Evaluate Policy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Many key policy debates, including raising top taxes, EITC expansion, and health insurance 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...

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MIT 14.472 Graduate Public Economics II - Guest Lectures on Spatial Public Finance

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019
These lectures cover some of the main topics in spaital public finance -- Rosen-Roback, Place-based policies, and state and local business tax incentives -- with a focus on models (per Amy's request). These lectures are meant to complement Parag's lecture on local public finance and Tiebout. For more coverage of these issues and empirical work on these topics, see here (lectures 3-6). Read more about MIT 14.472 Graduate Public Economics II - Guest Lectures on Spatial Public Finance

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.

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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.