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MMPP 6379 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Public Policy Analysis: Welcome & Course Readings

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Please find your required library readings below. If you have problems with the links below, please contact the Library. If you have APA questions about these materials, please contact the Writing Center.

Universal Required Course Readings


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Arceneaux, K., & Huber, G. A. (2007). What to do (and not to do) with multicollinearity in state politics research. State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 7(1), 81–101.

Altonji, J. G., Elder, T. E., & Taber, C. R. (2005). Selection on observed and unobserved variables: Assessing the effectiveness of Catholic schools. Journal of Political Economy, 113(1), 151–184.

Arrow, K. J., Cropper, M. L., Eads, G. C., Hahn, R. W., Lave, L. B., Noll, R. G….& Stavins, R. N. (1996). Is there a role for benefit-cost analysis in environmental, health, and safety regulation? Science, 272(5259), 221–222.

Berry, W. D., Fording, R. C., & Hanson, R. (2003). Reassessing the 'race to the bottom' in state welfare policy. Journal of Politics, 65(2), 327–349.

Bertrand, M., & Mullainathan, S. (2004). Are Emily and Greg more employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A field experiment on labor market discrimination. The American Economic Review, 94(4), 991–1013.

Bloom, H. S., Hill, C. J., & Riccio, J. A. (2003). Linking program implementation and effectiveness: Lessons from a pooled sample of welfare-to-work experiments. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 22(4), 551–575.

Fleming, B. (2002). About the green line.

Grabowski, D. C., & Morrisey, M. A. (2004). Gasoline prices and motor vehicle fatalities. Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, 23(3), 575–593.

Hummel-Rossi, B., & Ashdown, J. (2002). The state of cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses in education. Review of Educational Research, 72(1), 1–30.

Joyce, P. G. (2008). Policy analysis can inform federal budget choices, but only if there is political will. Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, 27(4), 972–975.

Kennedy, P. (1986). Interpreting dummy variables. Review of Economics & Statistics, 68(1), 174–175.

Kennedy, P. E., & Kasper, H. (2005). Oh no! I got the wrong sign! What should I do? Journal of Economic Education, 36(1), 77–92.

King, G., Gakidou, E., Imai, K., Lakin, J., Moore, R., Nall, C.,… & Llamas, H. (2009). Public policy for the poor? A randomised assessment of the Mexican universal health insurance programme. The Lancet, 373(9673), 1447–1454.

Leman, C. K., & Nelson, R. H. (1981). Ten commandments for policy economists. Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, 1(1), 97–117.

Levin, H. M. (2001). Waiting for Godot: Cost-effectiveness analysis in education. New Directions for Evaluation, (90), 55.

Levitt, S. D. (1997). Using electoral cycles in police hiring to estimate the effect of police on crime. The American Economic Review, 87(3), 270–290.

Lopoo, L. M. (2005). Maternal employment and teenage childbearing: Evidence from the PSID. Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, 24(1), 23–46.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation. (2011). The big dig project background.

Miguel, E., Satyanah, S., & Sergenti, E. (2004). Economic shocks and civil conflict: An instrumental variables approach. Journal of Political Economy, 112(4), 725–753.

Newhouse, J., & McClellan, M. (1998). Econometrics in outcomes research: The use of instrumental variables. Annual Review of Public Health, 19, 17–34.

Radin, B. A. (1997). Presidential address: The evolution of the policy analysis field: From conversation to conversations.  Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, 16(2), 204–218.

Smith, M. W. (2010). Boston's "Big Dig": A socio-historical and political analysis of malfeasance and official deviance. National Social Science Journal, 34(2), 148–163.

Transportation Economics Committee of the Transportation Research Board. (n.d.). Transportation benefit-cost analysis: Monorail.

Wilkens, V. (2006). No new monorail for Seattle—But the old one survives. Mass Transit, 32(1), 16.

Other Readings

Optional or supplemental readings may or may not be available in the library. Find further information about optional readings here.

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