A policy memo is designed as a real-world, real-time exercise in providing policy analysis and prescription (1200 words). A policy memo should be from someone, to someone, and have a date. The memo should reflect what the author and recipient knew at the time, not events or information that is only revealed subsequently. A policy memo should:

Outline the policy issue in question; FILLER TEXT

Consider options that were or could have been taken; FILLER TEXT

Reach a judgment about the costs and benefits of different policy choices. FILLER TEXT

It should also make a recommendation. FILLER TEXT

In this assignment, you must apply concepts from this course to address a real-world policy challenge. This paper is not a research paper or analytic essay; rather, it is a policy document for a hypothetical policymaker. There is some room to be creative with regards to who is your intended audience. But it is important to spend some time putting yourself in the shoes of that policymaker and thinking about what their goals and priorities are.

This paper will count for 20% of the final grade. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a prompt and position in sections (see Due Date section, below). Below you will find: i) detailed instructions about the assignment, ii) memo prompts and additional sources (beyond those readings from syllabus for that topic) and iii) a guide to good policy memo writing.


  • This is really important to me. Please connect to the readings and lecture Power points source. 

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