Methods of Policy Analysis

Policy analysis is the discipline of thought that considers how to make and implement policy choices in the public interest. Policy analysis is a pragmatic discipline: it uses the social and natural sciences as inputs, but its principal output is advice to decision-makers (including citizens) rather than new theoretical or empirical knowledge. Led by one of America's foremost public policy scholars, Professor Mark Kleiman, this course will focus on techniques for comparing the advantages and disadvantages of policy options: benefit-cost analysis, cost/effectiveness analysis, discounting (choice over time), and decision analysis (choice under uncertainty). In each case, we will be measuring achievable outcomes against one another, rather than against some imagined ideal, asking always the policy analyst's stock question: "Compared to what?"

Course Information



4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

Mark A.R. Kleiman
M: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM; W: 12:00 PM - 1:20 PM 60FA 204