MPA 59911 Policy and Budgetary Forecasting

This course addresses making reasonably accurate projections regarding money, as well as issues associated with policy. For example, if a number of housing permits are issued by a county are for high-end homes, how will this affect property tax revenues and population density? How do you project the need for new road construction or sewer lines? Making reasonable projections about the demands that will be placed on any level of government are covered in this course. Issues such as demographics and age cohorts are part of policy forecasting. Students will use Excel as part of the course’s assignments, particularly related to statistical formulas.