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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Foundations of Development Policy

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Overview

This course is part of the MITx MicroMasters program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP). To enroll in the MicroMasters track or to learn more about this program and how it integrates with MIT’s Master’s Program in DEDP, please visit the MicroMasters portal.

In this course, we will study the different facets of human development in topics such as education, health, gender, the family, land relations, risk, informal and formal norms, public policy, and institutions. While studying each of these topics, we will delve into the following questions:

  • What determines the decisions of poor households in developing countries?
  • What constraints are poor households subject to?
  • What is the scope for policy interventions (implemented by the government, international organizations, or NGOs)?
  • What policies have been tried out? Have they been successful?

At the same time, you will discover modern empirical methods in economics, in particular Randomized Control Trials (RCTs). Throughout the course, we will expose you to all facets of empirical projects, from experimental design and ethical issues, to data collection and data analysis.You will have the chance to gain experience working with real data using software for statistical analysis during weekly assignments.

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Syllabus

14.740x – Foundations of Development Policy

Week One: Introduction
Week Two: Nutrition and Productivity
Week Three: Education
Week Four: Gender & The Family
Week Five: Insurance
Week Six: Land and Property Rights
Week Seven: Credit
Week Eight: Savings
Week Nine: Public Finance
Week Ten: Political Economy
Week Eleven: Corruption

Taught by

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

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    There are three instructors: Duflo, Banerjee, and Olken. Duflo and Banerjee's accent was a bit of trouble but there were good instructors. Each week, the course introduces a topic with first setting up the problem's context, a mathematical model, experimental...

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