Examines relationships between the public sector, private sector, and civil society using rigorous quantitative methods.


The specialization in Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis (APEA) addresses questions such as how government institutions and policies impact the regulation of markets, and how to measure the success or failure of government programs. The focus of the specialization is to bring together a core set of competencies to evaluate a broad array of policies; these tools include economic analysis, program evaluation, risk assessment, and statistical and quantitative techniques.

Who It’s For

Students who choose this specialization typically have a strong social science background and some professional experience with quantitative analysis.

Curriculum & Courses

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Concentration & Specialization Requirements

Students must complete three 3-credit courses: one in quantitative analysis, one in economic analysis, and one from either group representing an area of professional focus. (See the SIPA Bulletin for details.)

In addition to these requirements, APEA students must also 1) complete SIPA U6500 in their first semester and 2) take the SIPA U6400 and SIPA U6401 sequence of economics.