MPV_ARPM Applied Research in Public Policy Making

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Martin Guzi, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Martin Guzi, Ph.D.
Department of Public Economics – Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Jana Biskupová
Supplier department: Department of Public Economics – Faculty of Economics and Administration
The course has no formal prerequisites but it does require a willingness to engage with numbers and data, as well as some basic microeconomics.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 24 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/24, only registered: 4/24
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Students taking this course will learn from the real-life examples to understand the challenges of public policy and its implementation. Classes have seminar format with a strong focus on class discussion and cooperative learning. The following topics will be discussed: labor market discrimation, income poverty and living wages, migration, satisfaction with life and future of work. The materials presented in the course are exclusively based on the recently published papers of recognized scholars.
Learning outcomes
The course will put an emphasis on empirical research and encourage students to elaborate selective case studies into class presentations. Students will learn to understand and critically discuss contemporary policy challenges.
  • Course outline:
    1. Discriminatory Behaviour:
    * Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful
    * Discrimination in the Hiring Process
    * Male-Female Differences in Labor Market Outcomes
    2. International Migration:
    * Labour Market Mobility and Work Migration
    * Benefits and Costs of Migration
    * Integration of Immigrants in the Labour Market
    3. How to Achieve Decent Living Standards for All:
    * Many Dimensions of Poverty
    * Income Adequacy and the Definition of Living Wage
    * In Pursuit of Happiness and Job Satisfaction
    4. The Future of Work: What Do We Know?
    Please consult the ‘Interactive syllabus’ for the latest information.
    required literature
  • Bansak, C., Simpson, N. B., & Zavodny, M. (2020). The economics of immigration. In Routledge eBooks.
  • HANSEN, Peo. A modern migration theory. First edition. Newcastle upon Tyne: Agenda publishing, 2021, xvii,238 s. ISBN 9781788210546. info
    recommended literature
  • IZA World of Labor is an online platform that provides policy analysts, journalists, academics and society generally with relevant and concise information on labor market issues.
  • BORJAS, George J. Labor economics. Eight edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2020, xvi, 478. ISBN 9781260565522. info
  • BANSAK, Cynthia, Nicole B. SIMPSON and Madeline ZAVODNY. The economics of immigration. First published. London: Routledge, 2015, xvii, 338. ISBN 9780415747066. info
Teaching methods
The course is organized in 12 sessions. Classes have seminar format with a strong focus on class discussion and cooperative learning. We expect students to come to the classes. They are expected to participate in the class discussions and introduce the papers that they have read and also, their thoughts about them. If students miss classes not only will they not know the material, but they also deprive their classmates and lecturer of learning from them, and we lose the benefit of their contribution.
Students planning to study abroad through the Erasmus+ program should contact the course coordinator. They can 1) pursue a similar course at a foreign university or 2) consider enrolling in the course in the following year.
Assessment methods
You can earn 100 points over the semester and your grade will depend on the overall score. Grading is based on attendance (20 points), lecture assignments (15 points), two written assignments (2x10 points), midterm exam - online (15 points) and final exam - in class (30 points). The basic condition for getting a grade (A-E) from the course is to gain at least 60 points overall and at least 18 points (60%) from the final exam.
Grading: A 100 - 92 points, B 91 – 84 points, C 83 – 76 points, D 75 – 68 points, E 67 – 60 points, F less than 60 points
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: !MPV_SIPS
Teacher's information
Instructor: Martin Guzi,
Office Hours: by appointment,
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
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