- Schedule of Classes - November 19, 2017 7:14PM EST
- Course Catalog - November 19, 2017 7:15PM EST
Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.
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 Spring.Outcomes
- 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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