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Problem Solving and Policy Design: Rational Choices and Behavioral Insights

This course introduces skills and bodies of knowledge useful for careers in law, public policy, and achieving social change at scale. These include framing problems; designing, implementing, and evaluating strategies; systems design; cost-benefit analysis; decision making under uncertainty; heuristics and biases that affect empirical judgments and decision making; methods for influencing people's behavior ranging from incentives and penalties to "nudges;" and human-centered design; and human centered design. The course will be taught through problems, cases, and a field project to solve real-world problems on or near the Stanford campus, with the goal of integrating strategic thinking and behavioral insights with human-centered design and systems design. Enrollment: Limited to 40 students, with priority given to students in Law School, the MPP program, and the IPS program in that order. Elements used in grading: Class participation, midterm assignment, and final assignment Cross-listed with International Policy Studies (IPS 207A) & Public Policy (PUBLPOL 305A).

2014-2015 Winter
01/05/2015 - 03/09/2015 Mon ,Wed 9 AM - 11:00 AM
Instructors: Paul Brest
Notes: Cross-listed with International Policy Studies (IPS 207A) & Public Policy (PUBLPOL 305A).

Instructors for this course (Past and Present)

Paul Brest