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Soroush Saghafian

Appointment
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Littauer Bldg 205
617-496-1748
Email Mailing Address

Steven Cicala

Appointment
Visiting Assistant Professor
Office Address
Non-resident

Mailing Address
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Theodore Svoronos

Appointment
Lecturer in Public Policy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Littauer Bldg 113
617-495-7587
Email Mailing Address
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Dan Levy

Appointment
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Rubenstein Bldg 136
617-496-4281
Email Mailing Address
API-201

Introduces students to concepts and techniques essential to the analysis of public policy issues. Provides an introduction to probability, statistics, and decision analysis emphasizing the ways in which these tools are applied to practical policy questions. Topics include: descriptive statistics; basic probability; conditional probability; Bayes' rule; decision making under uncertainty; statistical inference; hypothesis testing; and bivariate regression analysis. The course also provides students an opportunity to become proficient in the use of computer software widely used in analyzing quantitative data.

API-201 is required for MPP students and is a prerequisite to API-202. The Z section moves more quickly through the material, spends more time on advanced topics, and assumes a greater mathematical facility than is required for the other sections. The Z section is recommended, but not required, for students who are planning to take API-302. This course may not be taken for credit with API-205 or API-209. MPA students can enroll in API-201 only with the permission of the API-201 course head and if admitted will be assigned to a section by the MPP faculty chair.

Review sessions (for A/C/D sections): Friday 11:45am-1:00pm (Starr) & Friday 1:15-2:30pm (L230)