Certificate in Public Policy Economics: The Certificate in Public Policy Economics is intended for students with an interest in working on fundamental policy issues related to labor, health, taxation, the environment, economic equality, gender, and other microeconomic issues. Employment in state and federal government agencies, in non-profit or non-governmental policy organizations, or graduate study in economics or public policy, are likely career paths. Besides the normal core courses for the economics major, students take four of the electives listed below as part of the seven electives required for the major. One of these is a required core course. There are specific grade requirements, including a minimum overall g.p.a. of 3.0 to receive the certificate, and a minimum B grade for all courses taken to satisfy the certificate requirements.
Core: One of the following courses
220:402 Labor Economics (formerly 302)
220:417 Health Economics (formerly 316)
220:460 Public Economics (formerly 360)
Electives: Three of the following courses, with the option of including additional courses from the core list above. At least two of these courses must be 400-level.
220:305 American Economic History
220:331 Economics of Crime
220:401 Advanced Cross-Sectional and Panel Econometrics
220:403 Advanced Topics in Labor Economics (formerly 304)
220:432 Environmental Economics (formerly 332)
220:438 Education Economics (formerly 338)
220:463 Economics of Taxation (formerly 363)
220:464 Personal Economics and Public Policy (formerly 364)
220:475 Women, Men and the Economy (formerly 375)
Faculty Adviser for the Certificate in Public Policy Economics: Jennifer Hunt. Dr. Hunt is a Professor of Economics at Rutgers with a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. She recently served as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She teaches Labor Economics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.