Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2024-2025.

This course provides an overview of the major programs that make up the social safety net in the United States. We will review the economic rationale behind social programs, identify the economic consequences of these programs, and assess the empirical research on these topics. A major emphasis of the course will be on understanding the strengths and limitations of the core methodologies used in the existing economics literature.

When Offered Fall.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: undergraduate students.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: PUBPOL 2000 or equivalent and PUBPOL 3100 or equivalent.

Distribution Category (SBA-HE)

  • Identify and explain the reasons for government redistribution and provision of social insurance.
  • Describe the ways in which social programs are implemented in reality, and analyze the potential distortions and consequences of program design using economic reasoning.
  • Evaluate the empirical evidence on the impact of social programs on individual behavior and well-being by applying knowledge of statistical methodology.
  • Formulate and express well-reasoned arguments for or against specific policies through written and oral presentations.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ECON 3250PUBPOL 5080

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18877 PUBPOL 3080   LEC 001

    • TR Kennedy Hall 213
    • Aug 26 - Dec 9, 2024
    • Leung, P

  • Instruction Mode: In Person