Course #
30800

This course has four objectives, three substantive and one methodological. The three major substantive themes of the course are (i) the normative foundations of policy making, (ii) how strategic interactions give rise to social pathologies that create room for public policy to improve social welfare, and (iii) how technological, political, and institutional factors constrain policy making and sometimes prevent good policies from being enacted. Methodologically, the course introduces basic game theory. Game theory is the mathematical tool used to study situations of strategic interdependence, which is most of life. As such, it is a critical for understanding the substantive issues discussed above. In addition, understanding basic game theory is a valuable skill in its own right for policy professionals. It helps us predict and understand how people and organizations will behave in response to changes in the policy environment.

Notes

Harris core course; non-Harris students must receive consent to enroll. May not go over enrollment cap for non-Harris students, even with consent. Students are required to register for both a lecture and a TA session.

Course Sections

Term Instructor(s) Day(s) Time(s) Syllabus
Fall 2022 Saba Devdariani Monday, Wednesday 4:30 PM - 5:50 PM Syllabus
Fall 2022 Wioletta Dziuda Monday, Wednesday 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM Syllabus
Fall 2022 Wioletta Dziuda Monday, Wednesday 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM Syllabus
Fall 2022 Alexander Fouirnaies Monday, Wednesday 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Syllabus
Fall 2022 Alexander Fouirnaies Monday, Wednesday 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM Syllabus
Fall 2022 Ethan Bueno de Mesquita Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Syllabus
Fall 2022 Ethan Bueno de Mesquita Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM Syllabus
Fall 2022 Ethan Bueno de Mesquita Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM Syllabus