API-102 I: Economic Analysis of Public Policy

Semester: Spring

Credit: 1.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Joseph Aldy


Day Time Location
First Day 1/28
Meet Day T/Th 8:40 AM - 10:00 AM L230
Review F 8:40 AM - 10:00 AM L130


This course builds on API-101 to develop microeconomic tools of analysis for policy problems through various policy applications. The course is broadly focused on evaluating the rationale for government intervention in the economy and evaluating the efficiency, incentive, and distributional effects of government policies. The I section focuses on applications at the nexus of business and government, including energy policy, competition policy, environmental regulation, financial markets, labor markets, public health and safety, and insurance markets. Prerequisite: API-101 or equivalent.

Students may receive credit for both API-102 and API-110 or API-112 only if API-102 is taken first. API-102I is part of a three course integrated cohort for MPP students interested in the Business and Government Policy (BGP) policy area of concentration.  Students who enroll in API-102I must also enroll in API-202I and DPI-201I during the Spring 2014 semester.  Participation in this experimental integrated cohort—which also features co-curricular experiences—is highly recommended for aspiring BGP concentrators.