POSC 182 Lecture 1 2010

POSC 182 Lecture 1 2010 - POSC 182: Politics and Economic...

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POSC 182: Politics and Economic Policy Lecture 1: Introduction Professor Yuhki Tajima January 4, 2010
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Course Objectives Develop a framework for understanding political economics Learn to critically assess the development of economic policy Learn to explain variation in economic policies across countries and within the US
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Some Questions We Will Address Why does an average person in the US earn roughly 100 times the average person in the poorest countries? Is democracy good for an economy? Why did the stimulus look the way it did?
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How do we assess the arguments for different economic policies? The approach: Evidence-based assessment of theory Dispassionate We all come with our own biases and preconceptions. Question our own biases and beliefs and assess with evidence. Causal Inference: We will learn some of the basics of assessing empirical social science research
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A Puzzle: Differences Between Economists and Actual Policies Example 1: The 2009 Stimulus
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2010 for the course POSC 182 taught by Professor Schuelenberg during the Spring '08 term at UC Riverside.

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POSC 182 Lecture 1 2010 - POSC 182: Politics and Economic...

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