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, and political/social context analysis).
- To support students in their pursuit of 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 expectations in detailed course outlines. I see these course outlines as a mutual contract between myself and my students.
Econ 2050 Economic Analytics Using Computer Methods (2022)
This course is completely online with no formal lectures. Students access course materials through UMLearn. The text and videos appear here for students who wish to pre-read the course. Students need to self-direct their learning and prepare for the term tests and final. Course outline here.
Econ 4140/7150 Economic Evaluation of Public Policy and Programs (2021)
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 here: