FALL 2010 - SPRING 2011
Closing the Global Gender Gap, PED-317Y/ECON-1376
Co-taught with Professor Rohini Pande
Understanding the role of gender in shaping the economic, political and social opportunities available to individuals can help us evaluate whether and how societies and organizations may close gender gaps in human capital investments, economic participation and political opportunity. It can also shed light on the substantial variation in the size of the gaps across countries and organizations, and inform the role of economic development and management and leadership in closing the gaps.
This course introduces an analytical and empirical framework for evaluating why gender gaps exist and designing policies to close gender gaps. Building on insights from Behavioral Decision Making and Development Economics, it provides a framework to diagnose when and why gender gaps emerge, analyze their consequences, and evaluate to what degree public policy and management can close these gaps.
The course will adopt a micro-perspective and critically evaluate how preferences, psychological biases, social norms and the level of economic development cause outcomes to vary by gender. Using program evaluation techniques, the course will train students on how to combine analytical frameworks and the judicious use of data to design and test specific interventions.
The goal of the course is to enable students to develop their own research and policy questions, examine them over the course of the year and share their insights with a larger audience in the spring. Students are welcome to use this course to further develop material useful for their PAEs, SYPAs or other research/policy papers. Students will receive 1 course credit for this course.
Judgment and Decision Making, API-304
Co-taught with Professor Jennifer Lerner
This course seeks to provide students with a better understanding of the decision-making process: how we make decisions and why we too often make the wrong decisions. The course identifies decision traps we all face and offers strategies for how to avoid and overcome them. It is designed to help students think analytically about the ways policy decisions are made in (public and private organizations), providing both an introduction to theories of decision making as well as practical skills for better decision making.