Apr 20, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Graduate School

Credit(s): 3

This course engages students in examining salient policy issues in education. It draws on conceptual perspectives from economics and public finance as well as empirical tools and techniques from policy analysis and evaluation. Students apply these perspectives and tools to address issues such as the rationale for public provision of education in the United States, approaches to evaluating educational quality, and policy alternatives such as school choice and accountability. Students gain exposure to concepts such as the human capital model, returns to education, education production, principal-agent theory, and teacher labor markets. They will investigate the implications of federal, state, and local structures of education finance and policy. Although the course emphasizes elementary and secondary education, early childhood and higher education finance and policy issues will also be examined.

Prereq: PPL 201, PPL 301; prior or concurrent enrollment in PPL 405 is preferred.

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