Tom S. Vogl

Academic Year 2015-16

WWS 508c
Econometrics and Public Policy: Advanced (Master's Level)
Discusses the main tools of econometric analysis, and the way in which they are applied to a range of problems in social science. Emphasis is on using techniques, and on understanding and critically assessing others' use of them. There is a great deal of practical work on the computer using a range of data from around the world. Topics include regression analysis, with a focus on regression as a tool for analyzing non-experimental data, discrete choice, and an introduction to time-series analysis. Prerequisite: 507c.

ECO 565
Health Economics (PhD Level)
Examines health issues in both developed and developing countries. Specific topics include the evolution of health over the life course; the fetal origins hypothesis; the two-way links between socioeconomic status and health; the impact of social safety nets on health outcomes; environmental threats to children's health and development; health insurance and its effects on health; the industrial organization of health care delivery; and the relationship between health and economic growth.

Previous Academic Years

GHP 350/WWS 380/ANT 380
Critical Perspectives on Global Health and Health Policy (Undergraduate Level)
Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the course identifies the main actors, institutions, knowledge and values at work in the field of global health, and explores the environmental, social, political, and economic factors that shape patterns and variations in disease and health across societies. Topics include: technology and public health; development and the governance of disease; human rights and social justice; the shifting role of states, civil society, and public-private partnerships in health care delivery. Students are encouraged to think creatively about health problems and to envision innovative and effective interventions.

ECO 524
Public Finance II (PhD Level)
This course explores topics in public finance, building on the material covered in ECO 523. The first half of the course is on health economics, a burgeoning field that has much overlap with public finance. The second half of the course covers more traditional applied microeconomic topics in public finance.

ECO 563
Economic Development II (PhD Level)
This course explores topics in economic growth and development, building on the material covered in ECO 562. The first half of the course covers primarily macroeconomic themes, including the determinants of cross-country income differences, long-run growth, income and wealth distributions within countries. The second half has a more microeconomic focus, with topics including consumption, saving, insurance, health, population, and institutions.