PP5196 Education Economics and Policy
Elective, Semester 1, 2018
Class hours: Tuesday 2:00-5:00p
Instructor: Andrew Francis-Tan
Office hours: By appointment
Office: Li Ka Shing #02-02
TA: Saipriya Salla
Education is one of the most fundamental areas of policy, as education impacts many aspects of life and society. This module uses the theoretical and empirical tools of economics to study education and education policy. Major topics include the monetary and non-monetary benefits of education; educational inequality with respect to gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status; and policy issues such as compulsory schooling, girl-friendly schools, and school choice. Examples are drawn internationally. Various teaching methods will be employed, including short lectures, in-class group exercises, peer assessment, presentations, and case discussions.
Students will be able to:
Apply economic principles to understand the behavior of teachers, students, and other agents.
Critically discuss the statistical evidence contained in journal articles on education.
Identify and articulate challenges that specific countries currently face in the area of education.
Evaluate various policy instruments designed to address the challenges that countries face.
Analyze a particular case study in educational policy at length in writing.
Grading and Assessments
Class participation includes attendance and regular constructive involvement in lectures, activities, and discussions (15%) and 8 posts of 100-200 words on the course IVLE website (10%).
Group presentation (15%)
Students will do one in-class group presentation. With these presentations, the objective will be to understand the educational policy challenges facing countries around the world.
Essay proposal (10%)
Students will write a 1-2 page final essay proposal on a topic and country of their choice.
Peer review (5%)
Students will provide comments on proposals.
Final essay (45%)
Expanding their proposals, students will compose an essay of 2,000-2,500 words examining an important issue in education economics and policy.