Course overview. This course introduces students to core topics in the political economy of public policy. Its substantive objective is to familiarize students with the crucial role of politics in all realms of public policy. The course covers three major themes. First, we study workhorse models in political economy that allow us to understand the interplay between political preferences, institutions and behavior in various settings (i.e., electoral politics, non-democratic regimes). Second, we examine real-world political institutions and their impact on policy and economic outcomes (i.e., electoral systems, levels of government, bureaucratic delegation). Lastly, we analyze important political agents and the drivers and consequences of their behavior (i.e., voters, media, special interests).
Course overview. The course is concerned with deepening the understanding of the generalized linear model and its application to social science data. The main topics covered are linear regression modelling and binary, multinomial and ordinal logistic regression.
Course overview. It covers the foundations of descriptive statistics and statistical estimation and inference. At the end of the course students should be able to carry out univariate and bivariate data analysis and have an appreciation of multiple linear regression.
Course overview. Microeconomic analysis, including the economics of the consumer, the firm, markets, and market failure, welfare economics, and the basic economics of risk and information.
Course overview. Positive political economy and institutional public choice, with topics including the aggregation of preferences; voting paradoxes and cycles; electoral competition and voting behaviour; the problems of and solutions to collective action; welfare state and redistribution; and the impact of information and mass media on voting behaviour and public policy.
Course overview. Does democracy promote economic growth and welfare? What determines the size and evolution of the welfare state? Is regulation done in the interest of consumers? Is there a feasible third way between markets and governments in the delivering of public services?