88-220 Policy Analysis I, Fall 1998
The goal of the course is to give you a deep understanding of
the microeconomic approach to policy analysis.
- Students: Get to know your fellow
classmates by looking at these lovely photos!
- Some thoughts on teaching .
- Meeting Times and Location: MW 2:30--3:50,
- Recitation: TBA, in PH 223D.
Please complete a recitation form if you
are planning on coming to recitation this week.
- [EEP] Theodore Bergstrom and John H. Miller,
with Economic Principles,
McGraw-Hill, 1997. You should also keep track of the
for this book.
(Available at the fine CMU book store.)
- (Strongly Recommended) Robert H. Frank,
Microeconomics and Behavior 2nd or 3rd
Edition, McGraw-Hill, 1994. (Also available at the CMU book store. In the syllabus,
readings for the second edition are designated [MB2]. For the third edition
look under [MB3].)
- On occasion, you may need to download some
- An important part of the class is connecting the material we
learn with the real world.
For each chapter of Experiments with Economic Principles, we have
a collection of relevant
newspaper articles, make sure you read them as we work through the
You may also want to keep track of the
Time daily news summary,
or similar services for news about real policy
You can also search the web for
general public policy sites or look at the
site maintained at CMU.
Here is a link to the
Stock Market. If you're interested, you can get information on all of
winners in economics (a particularly interesting story is the
one about the "Lost Years" of John Nash).
Of course, you also may want to know a few
- Course Policies: Make sure you fully understand
all of the important course policies.
- Grading and Assignments:
- Brownie Points: If you would to earn some extra credit,
come and see me about developing web resources for others in the
class. Anything from finding some good pointers to related material
to developing a web-based experiment would be appreciated.
John H. Miller , firstname.lastname@example.org