Policy in Numbers: Quant for Non-Quants
Type of Degree
- September 14-18, 2020 (virtual delivery)
Each day the course runs from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Regular Tuition: $1,995
Students who complete this course will earn 1.2 continuing education units.
Do you want to be able to assess for yourself quantitative studies submitted in proceedings or performed by your own experts? Are you without quantitative training, or is your quantitative training out of date? While these studies may seem inscrutable, with a crash course in the basics, you can make a high level critique of most studies. This course aims to equip non-quantitative policy makers with the tools they need to work in the new world of quantitative work and big data.
By the end of the class, students will be able to:
- Understand the basics of quantitative analysis;
- Critique quantitative studies for major deficiencies typically present;
- Supervise quantitative staff working on or summarizing quantitative studies in a variety of contexts;
- Contribute constructively to quantitative work used in policy making; and
- Understand whether further study in quantitative methods is for you.
- Policy makers not trained in quantitative methods who want to have a voice in policy involving quantitative methods;
- Working professionals who work for businesses, think tanks, and advocacy groups that may need to affect the outcome of government policy by creating and/or understanding supporting or opposing quantitative studies;
- Professionals who were once quantitatively trained but who have not used those skills for a long time and need a refresher;
- Government employees who may wish to move into a policy-making role with a quantitative component; or
- Professionals seeking to move into a career in government policy making with a quantitative component.
Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) Alignment
The content of this course covers competencies addressed by the following ECQs: Leading Change; Leading People; Results Driven; Business Acumen Building Coalitions.
Andrew Wise (PhD, Economics, George Mason University) is a Supervisory Economist, and Deputy Chief of the Industry Analysis Division, in the Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He is also an experienced Public Policy Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown, having taught Thesis sections there since 2009. At the McCourt School, he has overseen nearly 80 Thesis projects, while teaching students how to assess quantitative work, earning consistently high teaching reviews. He has worked at the FCC for more than 20 years in a variety of jobs, all of them involving hands-on policy-making. His main role at the FCC involves supervising the development and analysis of policy options for the purpose of implementing laws passed by congress, which includes empirical analysis, production of options memos, and briefing of high-level staff. He also has participated in the production of numerous empirical studies, reports on the state of competition, and merger reviews. Dr. Wise has also published in refereed economics journals and presented at professional conferences. He also holds a B.A. and M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, so he is also interested in and acquainted with issues surrounding international relations and development. The sum of his experiences has also allowed him to become an experienced Stata programmer, with some limited knowledge of programming for SAS and Visual Basic. Specializations: Public Economics/Industrial Organization and Analysis/Antitrust Policy/Telecommunications/ Applied Econometrics.