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Fall 2018 International Affairs U6116 section 001

Call Number 91598
Day & Time
T 6:10pm-8:00pm
404 International Affairs Building
Points 3
Approvals Required None
Instructor Alexander Heil
Course Description Prerequisites: SIPA U6300 or SIPA U6400 This course aims to provide students with the analytical tools to assess and evaluate infrastructure projects in the United States and worldwide. In particular, students will explore the methodologies and techniques as they relate to cost-benefit analysis with a special focus on hands-on problems and experiences.  Each lecture is structured in two parts: theory/methodology in the first half of each class and application of the learned concepts through an analysis of case studies in the second half. Case studies will cover various applications of CBA as it relates to infrastructure (not general public policy issues as those are addressed in other courses).  Examples of such case studies are transit investments in the US, water and wastewater infrastructure improvements, electricity grid upgrades or airport expansions. Case studies will cover both the US and developing country contexts. Throughout the semester students will be expected to complete a cost-benefit analysis in the form of a group project.  The project will consist of all important components of such an analysis such as a literature review, methodology section, description of project scenarios to be evaluated, compilation and monetization of the main costs and benefits, development of an Excel model including discounting and sensitivity analyses.  The quantitative analysis and estimation of benefits and costs will be critical and require students to be familiar with spreadsheet applications and formulas in Microsoft Excel.  Working with actual project and performance data will be required as much as is feasible in each case.
Web Site Vergil
Department International and Public Affairs
Enrollment 25 students (40 max) as of 11:58PM Monday, December 17, 2018
Final Exam Day/Time
T 7:10pm-10:00pm
Final Location 404 International Affairs Building
Subject International Affairs
Number U6116
Section 001
Division School of International and Public Affairs
Open To International and Public Affairs
Campus Morningside
Note PRE-REQ: SIPA U6300 or SIPA U6400
Section key 20183INAF6116U001

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