The department offers waiver exams in statistics and economics. These exams are designed to demonstrate proficiency in statistical and economic concepts covered in PAI 721: Introduction to Statistics and PAI 723: Economics for Public Decisions. Passage of the waiver exam thus meets the degree requirements, but does not change the overall number of credits needed for the degree.
Waiver Exam Sign-Up
Students sign up for the waiver exam on the Department's Waiver Exam Sign-up Survey. Sign-up is not required; just come to the exam during the scheduled date/time if you plan to take this.
Statistics Waiver Exam
The statistics waiver exam focuses on concepts covered in PAI 721 - Introduction to Statistics. The past exams below, including the answer keys, were used in PAI 721 in Fall 2014. These past exams are meant to be suggestive of the range of topics covered in the waiver exam.
The statistics waiver exam will be delivered in person, in hard copy. The exam is scheduled for Monday, August 21, 2023 from 10am - 1pm ET in Eggers 209.
Economics Waiver Exam
The economics waiver exam focuses primarily on microeconomics and its application in public policy. It does involve mathematics and some basic graphing, so do be prepared to engage with that material. For a sense of the types of problems that you may see on the economics waiver exam, please consult the personal websites of Professor David Popp and Professor John McPeak. The questions on these problem sets and exams will not be exact duplicates, but be similar in content and scope to what could be expected on the waiver exam.
The economics waiver exam will be delivered in person, in hard copy. The exam is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22, 2023 from 10am - 1pm ET in Eggers 209.