Methods of Policy Analysis

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Policy analysis is an exercise that can inform the choice, design, and sequencing of alternative policy options. The policy issues surrounding pesticides and pollinators is one case study in this course. (Image courtesy of mommamia on flickr. License CC BY-NC-SA.)


MIT Course Number

11.003J / 17.303J

As Taught In

Spring 2016



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Course Description

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Course Description

This course provides an introduction to public policy analysis. It is designed for students who may be planning a career in public or non-profit sectors. The primary goal is to help students understand the implications of public policy for different pursuits. The class examines various approaches to policy analysis by considering the concepts, tools, and methods used in economics, political science, and other disciplines. Students apply and critique these approaches through case studies of current public policy problems.

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Cherie Miot Abbanat. 11.003J Methods of Policy Analysis. Spring 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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