Topic 6: Quantitative Skills
Basic Math Tutorial
The Basic Math Refresher provides a review of math concepts which with all Schar School students are expected to be familiar. This familiarity is particularly important for those students who are required to take Problem Solving/Data Analysis I (GOVT/PUAD 511), Statistical Analysis for Public Policy (PUBP 511) or Methods of Analysis for International Commerce and Policy (ITRN 501). The following math refresher will help you to be better prepared for these courses: Basic math refresher tutorial
Screening for GOVT/PUAD/PUBP 511
Students are required to pass a statistical screening exam prior to enrolling in GOVT/PUAD/PUBP 511. Screening exams can be taken one of two ways: 1) Attend the MPA Statistics Workshop; 2) Or RSVP for the Stats screening exam here: schar.gmu.edu/511. For additional information and a list of screening exam dates, please see Facts About 511.
Helpful statistical resources:
Math for Economics Tutorials
In addition to the general quantitative skills you will need for many Schar School courses, “Microeconomics for Policy Analysis (PUBP 720)” and “US Financial Policy Processes and Procedures (PUBP 741)” use more specific mathematical concepts and principles. Many of these concepts are introduced in our general quantitative skills tutorial and reviewed in a special “math camp” offered to students in the weeks prior to the semester they take PUBP 720 and PUBP 741.
While the quantitative requirements for microeconomics can vary by instructor, all students should be very familiar with certain topics related to graphs and functions. We have found that once students build a strong base in a discrete number of quantitative topics, they are able to better enjoy and understand the models presented in PUBP 720/741. This enables instructors to focus the course on applications rather than elementary quantitative requirements.
The video tutorials below review the key mathematical concepts used in the Schar School’s microeconomics courses. These topics are generally covered in pre-algebra, algebra and pre-calculus math courses in high school and college; students that want additional resources in any of these topics should refer to the appropriate math (not economics) textbooks and/or discuss the issue with their professors. Knowledge of the material presented in the video tutorials is generally assumed in PUBP 720/741, and may not be reviewed in detail during the course.
Math for Economics Tutorials
Each semester, the Schar School offers a two-day math camp (PUBP 555) designed to review fundamental mathematical concepts associated with microeconomics (PUBP 720) – particularly basic algebraic and calculus principles. All students taking PUBP 720 should plan to enroll in the math camp the semester in which they are taking PUPB 720. The free workshop is open to all Schar School students. Students taking PUBP 720 will receive instructions for registering for the workshop.
Spring 2014 Math Camp
Spring 2014 Math Camp Day 1 video
Spring 2014 Slides for Math Camp – Day 1
Spring 2014 Math Camp Day 2 video
Spring 2014 Slides for Math Camp – Day 2
Spring 2014 Math Camp Practice Sets
Spring 2014 Math Camp Practice Set Answers
Fall 2013 Math Camp
Fall 2013 Math Camp Online Component
Fall 2013 Math Camp Day 1 video
Fall 2013 Slides for Math Camp – Day 1
Fall 2013 Math Camp Day 2 video
Fall 2013 Slides for Math Camp – Day 2