I believe that economics is a uniquely powerful way to understand the world and how to implement change to advance human well-being.
My teaching has two goals:
- To imbue students with the interest and skill to evaluate economic policy using state of the art qualitative and quantitative methods. My approach to evaluating public policy combines the standard methods of economic evaluation (cost-benefit, econometrics, and experiments) with the techniques of program evaluation (logic modelling, program fidelity, specifying and testing theories of change, political/social context analysis).
- To support students in their pursuit in careers as practising economists in industry, government, and academia.
In all my courses, I align evaluation processes with the course objectives and set out the course content, process, and my expectations in detailed course outlines. I see these course outlines as a mutual contract between myself and my students.
Course Outlines (2021/22)
Econ 4140/7150 Economic Evaluation of Public Policy and Programs
This course will combine Honours/Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate students in the same course. As a blended course, graduate students will be expected to do more advanced work. The course will be online with video lectures through Cisco Webex and all materials accessible through UM Learn. Course outline:
Econ 4822 Economic Research and Communication
The course will be online with video lectures through Cisco Webex and all materials accessible through UM Learn. Course outline: