QuantII FA15

I will not be teaching AY 18-19.

How I teach: my approach to math is intuitive and experiential — you will be doing a lot of in-class activities. We go pretty far “under the hood” to understand how theory works but will always return to applications. We will often partner with one or more external clients. You will work extensively on a project of your choosing. Click here to see students’ topics from previous years.


  • PIA 2023/3000: Intermediate Quantitative Methods
      Sample Syllabus. Poster session: photos, presenters and topics.
      You will write an extensive research paper that you will present in a poster session. Several class papers have gone on to win the Taraknath Das Award or are published in Pitt Policy Journal.
      Prerequisite: Introduction to Quantitative Methods.

      Best posters in Fall 17:
      1. Jeffrey Depp on patent quality
      2. Hiroaki Hamajima on voter turnout
      3. JoEllen Marsh on opioid deaths

  • PIA 2202: Behavioral Economics and Game Theory
      Sample syllabus. Sample of students’ work: Link 1, Link 2.
      Prerequisite: None.

      Best talks in Spring 18:
      Day 1: Logan Bialik: Present-biased Spending Behavior After Wage Increase
      Day 2: Kevin Tang: Principal Agent Problems in Issuing Evacuation Order
      By audience grading: Jinsang Jo: Designing Screening Devices for Customs Clearance

  • PIA 2096: Data Visualization in R for Public Policy Capstone
  • Math Camp (and the Amazing Analytics Race!)
      Sample Syllabus. Race: photos.
      This is the quantitative methods bootcamp the week before the semester, capped with a game (with real prizes) where you will be randomly paired to solve a series of clues. If you are starting your graduate career in GSPIA and have forgotten your slopes and logarithms or have never used STATA, this bootcamp is for you. Conversely, if you know what a differential equation is and crunch data for a living, this camp is NOT for you.

  • A sampling of the clients we work with in our classrooms:

    • ICF International Management Consulting
    • Allegheny County Department of Human Services
    • City of Pittsburgh Office of Innovation and Performance
    • Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center
    • Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board
    • Alleghany College of Maryland
    • Glovico.org