ミシガン大学公共政策大学院留学記: 冬学期受講計画

2009年12月23日水曜日

冬学期受講計画

あっという間に来学期が来てしまうので、とりあえず受講予定科目についての個人メモ。必修がほとんどなくなったので、マクロ経済・計量経済を中心に選択。Dual Degreeに合格した場合は、現在のところ必修科目となっているValues, Ethics & Public PolicyとPublic Managementが選択扱いになるので、受講するかは来学期以降に決めるという感じかな。

■Microeconomics B: Economic Decision-Making (必修)
This course aims to teach students how to use and conduct benefit-cost analysis. To do this, students must possess the ability to model economic behavior in the real world. We will focus on general principles which might then be used to analyze a variety of problems. The class is structured to give students substantial practice at program or policy analysis.

■Macroeconomics (選択)
This course teaches students the basic tools of macroeconomics and how to apply them to real world economic policy. The goals of the course are for students to (a) understand how to evaluate macroeconomic conditions such as unemployment, inflation, and growth (b) understand how monetary policy and fiscal policy can be used to influence macroeconomic conditions (c) understand media accounts of macroeconomic events. The course will cover a broad range of topics in macroeconomic policy. Examples of issues discussed include the role of fiscal and monetary policies in stabilizing the economy, the relationship between inflation and unemployment, the role of government policy in promoting long-term economic growth, monetary and fiscal policies in an open economy, deficits and debt, and European Monetary Union. The course is structured around the tools (models) of macroeconomics, using primarily graphs, and occasionally equations. Examples are taken from current and recent real-world macroeconomics events and conditions.

■International Financial Policy (選択)
This course provides an overview of international financial economics, developing analytic tools and concepts that can be used to analyze world economic policy debates. It covers the international implications of macroeconomic policies, international monetary arrangements and institutions, and stabilization programs for developing countries. Although the major emphasis of the course is on the macroeconomics of international economics, a portion of the course will also examine the microeconomic context. Topics will include the basic theories of international trade and factor movements and how trade and exchange rates determine the international balance of payments.

■Applied Econometrics (選択)
This course is an introduction to econometric methods and their use in policy analysis. Most of the course focuses on multiple regression analysis, beginning with ordinary least squares estimation, and then considers the implications and treatment of serial correlation, heteroskedasticity, specification error, and measurement error. The course also provides an introduction to simultaneous equations models, time series analysis, models for binary dependent variables, and methods for longitudinal analysis.

■Practicum in Data Analysis Using STATA (選択)
This course will provide students with a practical hands-on instruction in the analysis of survey data using the statistical package Stata. Students will learn how to investigate a variety of public policy issues using data from the U.S. as well as several developing countries.

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