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Current Courses

Please note: Course times and locations are subject to change. Always check Explore Courses for the most updated information. Courses taught in the Public Policy Program are covered by a set of course management policies, laid out in this document. Students are responsible for knowing and abiding by these course policies.

Titlesort descending Instructor(s) Quarter Schedule
PUBLPOL 303D
Applied Econometrics for Public Policy

This course aims to present the theory and practice of empirical research in economics with particular emphasis on topics relating to public policy questions. We will...

Lu, A., Seiler, S. 2017-2018 Winter
Tuesday
4:30pm - 7:20pm
GSB Bass 312
PUBLPOL 222
Biosecurity and Bioterrorism Response (BIOE 122, EMED 122, EMED 222, PUBLPOL 122)

Overview of the most pressing biosecurity issues facing the world today. Guest lecturers have included former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Special Assistant...

Trounce, M. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday Wednesday
3:30pm - 5:20pm
Li Ka Shing Center, room 130
PUBLPOL 122
Biosecurity and Bioterrorism Response (BIOE 122, EMED 122, EMED 222, PUBLPOL 222)

Overview of the most pressing biosecurity issues facing the world today. Guest lecturers have included former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Special Assistant...

Trounce, M. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday Wednesday
3:30pm - 5:20pm
Li Ka Shing Center, room 130
PUBLPOL 129
Conversations on the Indian Economy

This course is intended to give students the opportunity to engage with Stanford faculty, across the University's different schools, who undertake research related to the...

Kochar, A. 2017-2018 Winter
Thursday
4:30pm - 5:50pm
School of Education 210
PUBLPOL 245
Does Google Need a Foreign Policy? Private Corporations & International Security in the Digital Age (IPS 245)

Facebook has more users than any nation has citizens. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks more often with Chinese President Xi Jinping than President Trump does. Google's revenues...

2017-2018 Winter
PUBLPOL 302B
Economic Analysis of Law

(Same as LAW 7502.) This course will provide a broad overview of the scholarly field known as "law and economics." The focus will be on how legal rules and institutions...

Atkinson, N., Polinsky, A., Sheeler, P. 2017-2018 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
2:15pm - 3:45pm
PUBLPOL 204
Economic Policy Analysis (ECON 150, PUBLPOL 104)

The relationship between microeconomic analysis and public policy making. How economic policy analysis is done and why political leaders regard it as useful but not...

Rosston, G., Mac Gregor Oettler, S. 2017-2018 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 3:20pm
200-030
PUBLPOL 104
Economic Policy Analysis (ECON 150, PUBLPOL 204)

The relationship between microeconomic analysis and public policy making. How economic policy analysis is done and why political leaders regard it as useful but not...

Rosston, G., Mac Gregor Oettler, S. 2017-2018 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 3:20pm
200-030
PUBLPOL 159
Economic, Legal, and Political Analysis of Climate-Change Policy (EARTHSYS 159, ECON 159, ECON 209)

This course will advance students understanding of economic, legal, and political approaches to avoiding or managing the problem of global climate change. Theoretical...

Goulder, L., Wara, M. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday Wednesday
9:30am - 11:20am
Lathrop 292
PUBLPOL 205
Empirical Methods in Public Policy (PUBLPOL 105)

Methods of empirical analysis and applications in public policy. Emphasis on causal inference and program evaluation. Public policy applications include health, education...

Chee, C., Schoemaker, L. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 3:20pm
Lathrop 298
PUBLPOL 105
Empirical Methods in Public Policy (PUBLPOL 205)

Methods of empirical analysis and applications in public policy. Emphasis on causal inference and program evaluation. Public policy applications include health, education...

Chee, C., Schoemaker, L. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 3:20pm
Lathrop 298
PUBLPOL 147
Ending Poverty with Technology (SOC 157)

There are growing worries that new technologies may eliminate work, increase inequality, and create a large dependent class subsisting on transfers. But can technology...

Grusky, D. 2017-2018 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
300-303
PUBLPOL 143
Finance and Society for non-MBAs (ECON 143, IPS 227, MS&E 147, POLISCI 127A)

The financial system is meant to help people, businesses, and governments fund, invest, and manage risks, but it is rife with conflicts of interests and may allow people...

Yoon, J., Admati, A., Ponce, S. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
GSB McClelland 104
PUBLPOL 143
Finance and Society for non-MBAs (ECON 143, IPS 227, MS&E 147, POLISCI 127A)

The financial system is meant to help people, businesses, and governments fund, invest, and manage risks, but it is rife with conflicts of interests and may allow people...

Yoon, J., Admati, A., Ponce, S. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
GSB McClelland 104
PUBLPOL 268
Global Organizations: The Matrix of Change (PUBLPOL 168, SOC 168, SOC 268)

We derive analytical tools from the social sciences in studying a variety of organizations given their strategies, and in particular, when their strategies change. Focus...

Meyersson Milgrom, E. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 1:20pm
200-201
PUBLPOL 168
Global Organizations: The Matrix of Change (PUBLPOL 268, SOC 168, SOC 268)

We derive analytical tools from the social sciences in studying a variety of organizations given their strategies, and in particular, when their strategies change. Focus...

Meyersson Milgrom, E. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 1:20pm
200-201
PUBLPOL 231
Health Law: Finance and Insurance (HRP 391)

(SAME AS LAW 3001, MGTECON 331) This course provides the legal, institutional, and economic background necessary to understand the financing and production of health...

Kessler, D., Bundorf, M. 2017-2018 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
8:10am - 9:40am
PUBLPOL 391
Illicit Trade in Art and Antiquities (GLOBAL 190, GLOBAL 390, JEWISHST 130, JEWISHST 330, PUBLPOL 191)

Illicit trade in art and antiquities is reputedly the third largest illicit trade activity globally. How do nations, individually and collectively, respond to this...

Jessiman, S. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday
6:30pm - 8:20pm
Econ 139
PUBLPOL 191
Illicit Trade in Art and Antiquities (GLOBAL 190, GLOBAL 390, JEWISHST 130, JEWISHST 330, PUBLPOL 391)

Illicit trade in art and antiquities is reputedly the third largest illicit trade activity globally. How do nations, individually and collectively, respond to this...

Jessiman, S. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday
6:30pm - 8:20pm
Econ 139
PUBLPOL 206
Law and Economics (ECON 154, PUBLPOL 106)

This course explores the role of law in promoting well-being (happiness). Law, among its other functions, can serve as a mechanism to harmonize private incentives with...

Gehami, A., de Mello Brito Arns, V., Owen, B. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 1:20pm
Econ 140
PUBLPOL 106
Law and Economics (ECON 154, PUBLPOL 206)

This course explores the role of law in promoting well-being (happiness). Law, among its other functions, can serve as a mechanism to harmonize private incentives with...

Gehami, A., de Mello Brito Arns, V., Owen, B. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 1:20pm
Econ 140
PUBLPOL 319
Legislation

(Same as Law 7048) Lawyers work in a legal system largely defined by statutes, and constantly shaped by the application of legislative power. This course is about statutes...

Chen, L. 2017-2018 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
11:10am - 12:40pm
PUBLPOL 14
Navigating Financial Crises in the Modern Global Economy (ECON 14)

What causes financial crises? What are the keys to anticipating, preventing, and managing disruptions in the global financial system? This course prepares students to...

Toloui, R. 2017-2018 Winter
Wednesday
4:30pm - 6:20pm
200-203
PUBLPOL 225
Place-Making Policies (POLISCI 220, URBANST 170)

This reading and research seminar considers the numerous ways that governments conduct social policy by shaping and remaking geographic places. Representative topics...

Nall, C. 2017-2018 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Green Earth Sciences131
PUBLPOL 308
Political Analysis for Public Policymakers

Policymakers in the United States, whether elected or unelected, operate in a governmental system where politics pervades nearly every element of their daily activity....

Chen, L., Cain, B., Smith, C. 2017-2018 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Encina West 101
PUBLPOL 154
Politics and Policy in California

State politics and policy making, including the roles of the legislature, legislative leadership, governor, special interests, campaign finance, advocacy groups, ballot...

Nation, J., Crane, D., Ntim, A., Alison, J. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 1:20pm
320-220
PUBLPOL 201
Politics and Public Policy (AMSTUD 123X, POLISCI 102, PUBLPOL 101)

American political institutions (the Presidency, Congress, and the Court) and political processes (the formation of political attitudes and voting) have for some time now...

Cain, B., DeHart, C., Spahn, B., Gimenez, A., Brady, D. 2017-2018 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
300-300
PUBLPOL 101
Politics and Public Policy (AMSTUD 123X, POLISCI 102, PUBLPOL 201)

American political institutions (the Presidency, Congress, and the Court) and political processes (the formation of political attitudes and voting) have for some time now...

Cain, B., DeHart, C., Spahn, B., Gimenez, A., Brady, D. 2017-2018 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
300-300
PUBLPOL 311
Public Policy Colloquium

Weekly colloquia speaker series required for M.P.P. and M.A. in Public Policy students. Themes vary each quarter. Open only to Public Policy graduate students; permission...

Rosston, G. 2017-2018 Winter
Tuesday
12:00pm - 1:20pm
PUBLPOL 135
Regional Politics and Decision Making in Silicon Valley and the Greater Bay Area

Dynamics of regional leadership and decision making in Silicon Valley, a complex region composed of 40 cities and four counties without any overarching framework for...

Hancock, R., Benest, F. 2017-2018 Winter
Wednesday
4:30pm - 5:50pm
110-101
PUBLPOL 353A
Science and Technology Policy

U.S. policies for science, technology, and innovation; political institutions that create and carry out these policies; government programs that support scientific...

Windham, P. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday Wednesday
9:30am - 11:20am
160-319
PUBLPOL 364
The Future of Finance (ECON 152, ECON 252, STATS 238)

(Same as Law 1038) If you are interested in a career in finance or that touches finance (computational science, economics, public policy, legal, regulatory, corporate,...

Beder, T. 2017-2018 Winter
Monday
11:30am - 1:20pm
200-203
PUBLPOL 174
The Urban Economy (URBANST 173)

Applies the principles of economic analysis to historical and contemporary urban and regional development issues and policies. Explores themes of urban economic geography...

Wolfe, M. 2017-2018 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
9:30am - 11:20am
160-330