PPOL 6751 — Evidence-Based Criminal Justice Policy

There is widespread interest across the political spectrum in reforming criminal justice policy in the United States. The challenge for policy-makers and practitioners is finding cost-effective strategies to reach their policy goals. In this course we consider the latest economics research on a variety of topics related to the criminal justice system, with the intention of understanding how to make related policies more evidence-based. Prerequisites: Econ of Pub Policy II and Research Methods II; others with permission of instructor. (Last taught: spring 2017.)

Spring 2017 reading list

PPOL 6100 — Economics of Public Policy I

This course presents the simplest economic models explaining how individuals and organizations respond to changes in their circumstances and how they interact in markets, and it applies these models to predict the effects of a wide range of government programs. It also analyzes justifications that have been offered for government actions. (Last taught: fall 2014.)

PPOL 7115 — Public Economics

This course builds on the core Master of Public Policy economics sequence in examining the role of government in the economy. We will study several policy issues related to taxation and government spending in depth. Topics may include: Tax reform, Social Security, welfare, healthcare, unemployment insurance, education, criminal justice policy, and fiscal federalism. Prerequisite: PPOL 6100 and 7110, or permission of the instructor. (Last taught: spring 2013.)