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Math 108

Quantitative Methods for Public Policy -- Amst/Engl/Math/Econ 108, Spring 2005

Immigration in America: Understanding the Numbers
Thursday afternoons, 2:45–4:15 pm
Hill Ballroom in Kagin Commons

Math 108 Syllabus

Date

Professor

Presentation

Topic

Homework

Jan. 27

Profs. Bressoud, Ehren, Holland, & Kaplan

What is the best immigration policy for the United States?

Case Studies: Immigration, Mad Cow Disease and Global Warming

Introduction

Assignment #1

Feb. 3

Prof. Holland

A Brief History of Immigration Policy

A Brief History of Immigration in America

Assignment #2

Feb. 10

Sarah Puro

A Description of the Immigrant Population

Macalester graduate now working at the Congressional Budget Office

 

Feb. 17

Professor Kaplan

 

Trade-offs. How some simple quantitative considerations can help improve decision-making

Assignment #3

Feb. 24

Professor Ferderer

Correlation and Causation

Do sunspots cause economic recessions? Avoiding confusion between correlation and causation.

Assignment #4

March 3

Professor West

Cost-Benefit Analysis:
The Hiawatha Light Rail

Cost-Benefit Analysis. How some simple economic considerations can help improve decision-making

Assignment #5

March 10

Professor Kaplan

 

Growth Rates. Not all growth is equal

 

March 17

Professors Holland and Miao

 

 

 

March 31

Txong Pao Lee and Mark Pfeifer

 

 

 

April 7

Professor Kaplan

 

Detection. Where are the bad apples and how do we find them?

 

April 14

TBA

 

TBA

 

April 21

Professor Holland

 

The Effect of Immigration on Wages

 

April 28

Faculty Debate

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