Public Policy Concentration
Concentration Leader: Prof. Tatsuo Oyama, Prof. Morohoshi Hozumi
The objective of the Public Policy (PP) concentration is to give students knowledge related to various policy issues from many different disciplinary viewpoints and to help them understand and investigate policy-related problems.
Every student is required to write a policy proposal based on the application of either quantitative or qualitative analytical tools to the policy issue he/she chooses.
In preparing policy reports, students need to (a) collect quantitative and/or qualitative (categorical) data, (b) analyze the data, and (c) write a policy proposal based on their investigation.
2. Fields & Issues
The PP concentration covers the following types of domestic and global policy issues:
-social security policy
-local and central governance
Some examples of recent PP concentration papers include
-Investigating the adoption of Supplemental Irrigation (SI) system in Rwanda
-An Inquiry into the Economic Development and Democratic Consolidation in Bangladesh
-Renewable Energy Portfolio Scenarios for Electricity Generation in Hungary by 2020.
-An Analysis of Malaysia Water Services Reform Towards Operational Efficiency
-Fiscal risks of Public-Private Partnerships: case of the Kyrgyz Republic
-Tax Buoyancy in Malaysia
-Bhutan’s right to information bill: Exploring the opportunities and challenges
-Assessment on roles of public research institute in supporting the industries’ technological development and innovation: Institutional case study
-Supporting industry in the manufacturing sector in Vietnam – Its role, development and future strategy
-The role of Public Employment Service to reduce the number of unemployed people in Indonesia
-Promoting Transparency in Philippine Local Governments
The students may use methodologies listed below in their policy report:
-quantitative data analysis tools
-systems analysis techniques
The students are required to take at least 4 courses (8 credits) out of the courses listed below. Those courses are strongly recommended for MP1 and MP2 students.
Public Policy Concentration Supplementary List of Concentration Courses
Course No. Course Name
ECO2020EB Government and Market
ECO2720EA Introduction to Applied Econometrics
ECO2880E Trade and Industrial Development
ECO3530E Resource and Energy Economics
ECO3840EA Development Economics
GOV2240E International Security Studies
GOV2580E Structure and Process of Government
GOV3220E Politics of Global Money and Finance
MOR1000E Introduction to Quantitative Methods
MOR2500E Quantitative Social Systems Analysis
(1) Policy Debate Seminar I (Winter)
・ Participation in and contribution to seminars required
・ Proposal presentation at the end of March
・ Research Proposal to include research question(s), goal of the research, and data and methodology
(2) Policy Debate Seminar II (Spring)
・Participation in and contribution to seminars required
・Interim Presentation at the beginning of June
・Final presentation at the middle of July
(3) Final submission of the report by end of July
5. Policy Report
(1) The report must be no more than 30 pages in length, including the title page, figures and tables (if any), and appendices (if any). .
(2) Structure of the report as follows:
・Title page with the title and supervisors (if any)
・Table of Contents
・Acknowledgements (if any)
・Appendix (if any)
・You should provide full references for the data and other people’s works that you use.
・Write clean, crisp academic text.
・Present the conclusions first and then explain them.
・Give summary tables for your results.
・In the conclusion, explain the limits and weaknesses of your analysis and indicate possible directions for improvements.
・Please avoid copyright infringement. Restrictions are especially tight if you put your paper on the web.
6. Paper Supervision
Students are not required to have any advisor for their research. They are encouraged, however, to contact GRIPS professors for advice on their policy research as well as on the choice of concentration and research topics.