PP 513 (Calculus for Public Policy) is a course designed to give students the basic mathematical skills they will need to be comfortable with the quantitative public policy issues they will face in their careers.
This course is an introduction to programming and working in STATA, a core statistical program in the social sciences. In a variety of fields, STATA remains the baseline program for analysis, data management, and visualization.
This course introduces students to multiple regression analysis and other tools of causal inference and program evaluation. The course will focus on applying these tools to real data on various policy topics.
In this ten-week course, students will learn to write for a public policy audience. Students will research a policy topic and will write about it in three separate documents (an op-ed and two memos), each of which will undergo extensive revision.