This course will be taught online.
Application Deadlines: March 9 and April 7, 2022. Rolling admissions through May 1 or until course fills.
Course dates: June 13 - July 15, 2022
This course will help students learn thorough and practical analysis of development policies and programs. More generally, it will help students think about development in a way that is disciplined by economic theory, informed by empirical research and practically connected to policy. During the first half we will construct an analytical framework to guide our study of development. The framework adapts, applies and connects the basic elements of microeconomic theory and is informed by decades of empirical research by development economists. During the second half we set out a systematic approach to comprehensive policy analysis that draws on this framework. The approach will help analyze the benefits and costs of policies and programs, brainstorm about policy design, and weigh the benefits and costs of program design changes and policy reforms. We practice employing the approach while studying policy questions related to income support and credit access, agriculture, infrastructure, education and health.