API-202 B: Empirical Methods II for Business and Government Policy

Semester: Spring

Credit: 1.0

Faculty: Daniel Shoag


Day Time Location
First Day 1/26
Meet Day M/W 8:40 AM - 10:00 AM L280
Review F 2:40 PM - 4:00 PM L230


Intended as a continuation of API-201, this course equips students with an understanding of common tools of empirical analysis in policy applications. Much of the learning will take place through hands-on analysis of data sets. The course will cover regression analysis, including multiple regression, dummy variables, and binary dependent variables; as well as program evaluation, including selection effects; the advantages and disadvantages of experimental, quasi-experimental, and observational data; and instrumental variable techniques. The final part of the course includes an integrative exercise in which students will have the opportunity to assess empirical analysis in an open-ended and professionally realistic project. Prerequisite: API-201 or equivalent.

May not be taken for credit with API-210. API-202B 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-202B must also enroll in API-102B and DPI-201B during the Spring 2015 semester. Participation in this experimental integrated cohort -- which also features co-curricular experiences -- is highly recommended for aspiring BGP concentrators.