Spring 2022 Courses

Courses in Population Studies

Advanced Demographic Methods
Subject associations
POP 514

This course is a doctoral seminar in modern demographic methods and theory, with a focus on application in dissertation research. We cover non-stable population methods, including tempo and quantum as well as variable-r methods; population projection; modern multistate life table methods; multivariate and functional decomposition; event history (survival) models; indirect estimation; sample survey methods; the biology and demography of aging, including coverage of biomarkers, Alzheimer's disease, and quantitative models for aging; modeling heterogeneity and selection; imputation of missing data; and sources of data in population research.

Instructors
Arun Hendi
Spring 2022
Topics in Health: Current Challenges in Global Health
Subject associations
SPI 566A / POP 566

This seminar explores important factors facing the field of global health today, as well as policy actions to address these factors. It examines demographic changes and rapid urbanization, climate change and its implications for global health, the increased importance of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries, the rise of social media and misinformation/disinformation, new health risk factors such as antimicrobial resistance, and the increased prominence of humanitarian emergencies due to conflicts, natural disasters, pandemics and other disease outbreaks.

Instructors
Alyssa B. Sharkey
Spring 2022
Epidemiology
Subject associations
SPI 598 / POP 508

This course combines a traditional public health course in epidemiology with a policy-oriented course on population health. Conventional topics include measurement of health and survival and impact of associated risk factors; techniques for design, analysis of epidemiologic studies; sources of bias and confounding; and causal inference. We also examine: models of infectious disease with an emphasis on COVID-19, inference and decision making based on large numbers of studies and contradictory information, the science underlying screening procedures, social inequalities in health, and ethical issues in medical research.

Instructors
Noreen Goldman
Spring 2022

Other Courses of Interest

Responsible Conduct of Research in Economics
Subject associations
ECO 505

This seminar is designed to help graduate students in economics cultivate ethical research practices they may apply in future work at or beyond the University. Students are encouraged to discuss concerns that may arise during the conduct of their research with experienced faculty and devise solutions for dealing with these concerns. The course provides necessary training for newly mandated RCR training for graduate students supported by government grants, and is required for successful completion of the program.

Instructors
Jakub Kastl
Spring 2022
Econometric Theory II
Subject associations
ECO 518

This course begins with extensions of the linear model in several directions: (1) pre-determined but not exogenous regressors; (2) heteroskedasticity and serial correlation; (3) classical GLS; (4) instrumental variables and generalized method of movements estimators. Applications include simultaneous equation models, VARS and panel data. Estimation and inference in non-linear models are discussed. Applications include nonlinear least squares, discrete dependent variables (probit, logit, etc.), problems of censoring, truncation and sample selection, and models for duration data.

Instructors
Ulrich K. Mueller
Mikkel Plagborg-Moller
Spring 2022
Topics in Labor Economics
Subject associations
ECO 532

The course surveys both the theoretical literature and the relevant empirical methods and results in selected current research topics in labor economics.

Instructors
Leah P. Boustan
David S. Lee
Spring 2022
Quantitative Analysis II
Subject associations
POL 572

This course builds upon POL 571 and introduces students to applied regression analysis in cross-section settings. It begins with the basic principles of causal inference, and then covers various statistical techniques including linear regression, instrumental variables, structural equation models, instrumental variables, and structural equation models. The materials are taught at the level of Hansen's Econometrics and Imbens and Rubin's Causal Inference.

Instructors
Marc Ratkovic
Spring 2022
Quantitative Analysis IV
Subject associations
POL 574

This course covers a range of advanced topics in statistical learning that are useful for empirical research in political science. These may include dimension reduction and regularized regression for large datasets; scaling models; models for text, audio, and image data; and spatial statistics among other topics. The course focuses in particular on estimation and inference to enable students to adapt and extend existing approaches.

Instructors
John B. Londregan
Spring 2022
Research Seminar in Empirical Investigation
Subject associations
SOC 505

Preparation of quantitative research papers based on field experiments, laboratory experiments, survey procedures, and secondary analysis of existing data banks.

Instructors
Dalton Conley
Spring 2022
Topics in Social Stratification (Half-Term): Systemic Racism
Subject associations
SOC 560 / AMS 560

"Systemic racism" is a term meant to highlight structural factors that perpetuate racial inequality despite personal intentions and agency. Sociologists were among the first to identify and theorize the subject, although popular media seem blind to that fact. This seminar focuses on sociological contributions to the understanding of systemic racism. We begin with an investigation of legislative actions and economic factors perpetuating structural barriers. We then examine migration, immigration, urban development, and residential segregation. Finally, we review resistance movements and policies aimed at addressing systemic racism.

Instructors
Patricia Fernández-Kelly
Spring 2022
Urban Sociology (Half-Term)
Subject associations
SOC 581

Urban means settlement. Across history and geography, it varies in degree, form, and consequence. This takes us to the study of cities, not just for their bigness, but in how they operate with other aspects of life. Those other aspects include the social-psychology of contact, built design, and political economies of rent -- along with so-called natural elements like vermin, virus, and climate. Coming into analytic view are related complications of power, inequality, and comparative indignities. Across the board and in specific ways, we take the city as "assemblage" - complex relations in place for our examination.

Instructors
Harvey L. Molotch
Spring 2022
Macroeconomic Analysis for Policymakers (Advanced)
Subject associations
SPI 512C

This course offers a broad treatment of macroeconomic theory and policy issues, using the formal methods of modern macroeconomics. Topics include long-run growth and development, labor, consumption, savings and investment decisions, the role of expectations, short-run fluctuations and stabilization policy, inflation and unemployment, trade and exchange rates. The course is advanced, so that: (i) having had some introductory course in macroeconomics is a prerequisite, and an intermediate level one is best; (ii) the course requires a solid command of microeconomic theory (511 c or d) and good comfort with algebra and calculus.

Instructors
John R. Grigsby
Spring 2022
Urbanization and Development
Subject associations
SPI 540

This course examines the histories, processes and nuanced dynamics that contribute to the making of cities in the Global South. We explore central debates in the study of these cities across geography, urban studies and planning, and development studies. Students deepen their understanding of the Global South, how it is conceptualized and what this means for urban development, while identifying patterns and specificities across the comparative contexts of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Ultimately, we consider how these actors are, or should be considered, in policymaking and planning interventions in the Global South.

Instructors
Devanne E. Brookins
Spring 2022
Politics of Inequality and Redistribution (Half-Term)
Subject associations
SPI 590B / POL 598

The course investigates the interplay of politics and inequality, with a focus on class and race in the United States. The focus is on individuals' political views and behavior, with some attention to political institutions. We take up questions such as: does the political system equally represent the poor, middle class, and rich? Do Americans want government to ameliorate inequality? How do structural factors such as geography affect the politics of racial and ethnic inequality? Why are some people threatened by immigration while others embrace it?

Instructors
Tali Mendelberg
Spring 2022
Sociological Studies of Inequality(Half -Term)
Subject associations
SPI 590C / SOC 571

This segment of the JDP seminar covers theory and research on social stratification, the major subfield in sociology that focuses on inequality. Course begins by reviewing major theories, constructs, measures, and empirical work on inequality. Weeks two through six focus on institutions that are expected to produce (and reproduce) inequalities, including families, neighborhoods, schools, labor markets, and penal policy.

Instructors
Patrick T. Sharkey
Spring 2022