The Policy Analysis field involves the application of social science to matters of public policy. The specific tasks of an analysis depend importantly on which aspects of policy are to be understood, who wants to know, and how quickly the analysis is needed. Policy analysis consists of a set of tools (for example, problem structuring, forecasting, recommendation, monitoring, and evaluation) as well as a set of criteria for assessing policy (for example, cost benefit analysis, efficiency, and equity).
ApEc 5341. Public Finance. 3 cr.
ApEc 5711. U.S. Agricultural and Environmental Policy. 3 cr.
ApEc 5721. Economics of Science and Technology Policy. 3 cr.
ApEc 5751. Agricultural Trade and Trade Policy: Issues and Analysis. 3 cr.
PA 8302. Applied Policy Analysis, 4 cr.
PA 8312. Analysis of Discrimination. 3 cr.
ApEc 8991. Advanced Topics in Applied Economics: Applied Public Finance. 3 cr.
Students should expect to complete any two of these three courses, for at least 6 credits, in preparation for the Field Examination.