api202a_syllabus_s09 - HARVARD UNIVERSITY THE JOHN F....

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1 HARVARD UNIVERSITY THE JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT Course Syllabus for API-202A Empirical Methods II Spring 2009 Professor: Herman Bennett Office: Littauer 231, Herman_Bennett@ksg.harvard.edu Office Hours: Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm. Assistant: Sally Makacynas, Sally_Makacynas@harvard.edu Teaching Fellow: Gary Reinbold, Gary_Reinbold@ksgphd.harvard.edu Course Assistant: Roberto Reynoso – Roberto_Reynoso@ksg09.harvard.edu Class Time: Tues and Thurs, 10:10-11:30am in Littauer 230 Review Sessions: Friday, 8:40-10:00am in RG-20 COURSE DESCRIPTION The purpose of this course is to equip students with the tools necessary to tackle issues that involve the empirical analysis of public policy problems of the sort they might encounter in a professional environment. Specifically, the course introduces students to the use of multiple regression analysis and program evaluation for analyzing data in the social sciences. The emphasis is on empirical applications. The course is designed with twin objectives in mind. The first is to provide students with the ability to analyze critically the empirical analysis done by others at a level sufficient to make intelligent decisions about how to use that analysis in the design of public policy. The second is to provide students with the skills necessary to perform empirical policy analysis on their own or to participate on a team involved in such an empirical analysis. An important segment of the course focuses on policy evaluation. This includes both the design and analysis of experiments that aim at measuring policy effectiveness and the use of non-experimental data to evaluate policy effectiveness. API-202 is a challenging course that moves rapidly. Preparation for each class is essential. Lectures will be most productive if you read the lecture notes before class. Students will learn much more by puzzling over a problem than by rereading chapters or trying to memorize formulas. We strongly encourage students to form regular study groups to work together on problem sets and preparing for class. Groups of two to four students work best - the more you think and contribute in your group, as opposed to more listening and following, the more productive your study time will be. The A section of API202 covers similar material as the B/C/D sections. However, the level of mathematical sophistication is higher and the course moves through the material more quickly, spending some time on more advanced topics. Students are assigned to a B/C/D section, but can decide to enroll in the A section instead if they prefer a more mathematical and in depth treatment of the material. Assignments and exams will usually differ between the A section and the B/C/D sections. The A section
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2009 for the course HKS API202A taught by Professor Levy during the Spring '09 term at Harvard.

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