Peter J Wilcoxen

PAI 300 Economics for Policy Analysis

Spring 2023

General Information About the Course

General Information, Textbook, Software, and Requirements
General information you may need at the beginning of the semester.
Course Outline
The list of the topics to be covered in class this semester including links to optional exercises.
Materials from Class
Copies of handouts, daily exercises, and other materials from class sessions.


Jan 19 The tentative dates of the flash talks are 2/23, 3/30 and 4/27. 
Jan 17 There will be no class on Tuesday 1/24. Weekly 1 is still due on Teams. 
Jan 17 Welcome! 

Daily Assignments

Daily 1: Background information In class 1/17  
Daily 2: Adverse Selection in Health Insurance In class 1/19  
Daily 3: Waiver Market Bids In class 1/19  
Daily 4: Waiver Market Analysis In class 1/26 
Daily 5: Waiver Bids Round 2 In class 1/26  

Weekly Assignments

Weekly 1: Math Refresher Due Tue 1/24 

Weekly Solutions

Weekly 1 Solution  

Optional Exercises

The exercises available from the links below are also available through the "Course Outline" page under individual topics.  That's probably a better way to get to them. They're listed here as well in case that's convenient.

Economic Skills Project
Exercises with detailed explanations and some videos.
Five Minute Exercises
Very short practice exercises designed to be done in 5 minutes or so.
Supplementary Exercises
Other exercises you may want to do to help understand the material.

Other Resources

Downloading Data Files from the Class Google Drive
How to avoid data corruption.
Math Quick Reference Guide
Quick reference on key math concepts used in the class.
A quick reference list of names, abbreviations and symbols.

Excel Certification
Maxwell and Arts and Sciences sponsor a free Excel Certification program.
Khan Academy Module on Factoring
Very handy if you're rusty on factoring algebraic expressions.
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