Inequality and Social Mobility - MGT537 (MBA elective); Spring 2020, Fall 2023
This course provides a description of current trends in inequality and social and intergenerational mobility in the US and abroad, their possible causes, and the impact of public policies in shaping these trends. Drawing primarily on empirical evidence from the economics literature, we will examine the role of education, segregation, and race in shaping economic opportunities within and across generations. The course will also provide a set of analytical tools required to understand and critically “consume” empirical academic research, as well as public commentary and policy, related to this topic. Class sessions are a mixture of lectures and student presentations of existing research. Assessment will be based on these presentations and on a final project.
Basics of Economics - MGT404 (core MBA course); Fall 2022, 2023
This course concentrates on the role of market processes in determining the opportunities facing individuals and business firms, the policy issues facing public officials, and the patterns of resource allocation in the economic system. It is intended to be accessible to students with little or no prior exposure to economics but also to provide new, more managerial material for students with more background. The aim of the course is to provide you with analytical tools to help you tackle economic problems. Economic problems arise whenever agents must make economic trade-offs or engage in trade. Thus, the techniques, concepts, and results we will develop here will prove useful later in the first year curriculum as well as in a wide range of courses in finances, accounting, marketing, operations, public policy, and competitive strategy.
The Workforce - MGT420 E1 (core EMBA course); Fall 2018, 2019, 2020
On a daily basis, your employees will be confronted with innumerable decisions, each of which represents an opportunity to take (or not take) actions that support the organization’s goals and objectives. How your employees act when confronted with these decisions will depend in part on who they are as individuals — their values, beliefs, and capabilities. It will also depend on various aspects of the context, such as rewards and incentives, and the degree of connection between your employees’ actions and outcomes they personally regard as meaningful. Finally, it will depend on their relationship with you as a manager — whether they accept your authority as legitimate, find you credible, and come to internalize your objectives and values as their own.
The Workforce - MGT420 (core MBA course); Spring 2019, 2020, 2021
Leadership influence on employees is at least threefold: helping to determine the employees who are brought into and retained in the organization; a strong role in shaping the context in which employees act (culture, rewards, etc.); and a personal relationship with those whom you manage, which can profoundly influence subordinates’ values, beliefs, and behaviors. The purpose of this course is to enhance the student’s capability as a manager and leader to take actions that align employees’ actions with organizational goals and objectives. The course is organized into three parts. It begins by placing the manager’s relationship with employees in the broader context of the organization’s human resource strategy. Then it examines in closer detail some of the main levers that managers and organizations can use to align employees’ objectives with those of the larger enterprise, including: recruitment and selection; employee development and evaluation; extrinsic and intrinsic rewards, and job design. The third portion of the course briefly considers the challenges of transforming employment relations. Throughout the course, we focus on how the management of employment relationships is influenced by diversity, the cultural context, and by values and ethics—those of the manager, as well as those of the larger organization.
Education Policy - MGT581 (MBA elective); Spring 2020
This course is designed to describe the major policies defining today’s education system in the US. The course topics will include, but are not limited to, governance, accountability, choice, finance, and personnel policies for K-12 education, with a focus on the role of teachers; it will also briefly cover issues related to early childhood education and higher education. The focus will be on policies made at the federal, state, and local levels, and on the implications of these policies for students, families, and communities. Discussions will touch upon the goals of policies and the extent to which the intention, implementation and ultimate effects of the policies align. Class sessions are a mixture of lectures, a guest lecture, and student presentations of existing research. Assessment will be based on these presentations and on a final project. The course is designed as a complement to MGT 537-01 (Inequality and Social Mobility), but the two courses can also be taken in isolation.
Policy Evaluation (Economics MSc course); Spring 2022
This course covers some of the most popular approaches for causal inference in microeconometrics (experiments, instrumental variables, difference-in-difference estimators, matching estimators, and regression discontinuity design) with an application to various applied economics issues (labor, development, political economy, etc.).