Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis
The specialization in Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis (APEA) examines relationships between the public sector, private sector, and civil society and using rigorous quantitative methods. It 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, statistical and quantitative techniques. Students who choose this specialization typically have a strong social science background and some professional experience with quantitative analysis. Most intend to pursue careers in government, nonprofits, or consultancy groups seeking in-depth policy analysis skills.