PhD Core Courses

PPPA 6014: Economics in Policy Analysis (3 credits)
The application of intermediate microeconomic theory to the study of public policy. Topics include: models of individual choice in policy analysis, policy aspects of models of the firm, theory of market failure and welfare economics, and resource allocation decisions in the public sector. Prerequisite: PPPA 6017 or equivalent. Same as ECON 6221. Credit cannot be earned for PPPA 6014 and SMPP 6206.

PPPA 8100: Literature of Public Administration (3 credits)
Contemporary and historical literature in the institutional and intellectual development of public administration. (Spring)

PPPA 8101: Design of Social and Policy Research (or equivalent) (3 credits)
Doctoral seminar on theory and practice in research methodology. Data sources and gathering, research models and designs. Critical evaluation of research studies. Emphasis on application of research methods to policy questions. Prerequisite: PPPA 6002 or similar.  (Summer)

PPPA 8105: Public Finance and Human Capital (3 credits)
Formerly Seminar in Public Finance and Budgeting
Focuses on the numerous dimensions of theory and research in public finance and labor economics. Topics include public expenditure and revenue analysis, and human capital theory as applied to topics such as education, health, and immigration policy. Emphasis on classic works and on various approaches to researching issues related to public finance and human capital.

PPPA 8022: Econometrics for Policy Research II (3 credits)
Advanced topics in econometrics for policy research. This course is designed for doctoral students who wish to use econometric tools in their research. The course prerequisite is PPPA 6013 or an equivalent course in introductory econometrics; however, students should expect a greater degree of difficulty and a greater reliance on self-directed study in PPPA 8022 than PPPA 6013. Can be replaced with a different advanced quantitative course with approval of advisor. Prerequisite: PPPA 6013

PPPA 8023: Mixed Methods in Research Design (3 credits)
The historical and philosophical foundations of mixed method research design; review of canonical designs; developing and honing skills to implement mixed methods research designs. Learning Outcomes: 1. Develop an understanding and appreciation of mixed methods research design 2. Provide a historical overview of theoretical and philosophical foundations of mixed methods research 3. Provide working knowledge of major mixed methods research designs 4. Provide opportunities to write and present mixed methods research for a scholarly audience. Can be replaced with a different qualitative course with approval of advisor.

PSC 8229: Politics and Public Policy (3 credits)
Examination of political processes that influence policy formulation, policy implementation and the uses of policy analysis.