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Development Economics

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What you will learn

Why are some countries rich and others poor? This fundamental question has been on the mind of economists since Adam Smith wrote "The Wealth of Nations" in 1776.

This is a full course that covers all the major issues and developments in the field of development economics. Unlike typical college courses, we will take you to the frontier of the discipline, covering recent research as well as more established material.

This course is non-technical and is accessible to a beginner. If you pass the final exam, you will earn our "Development Economics" certificate on your profile.

Feel free to either go through the entire course or if you prefer, pick and choose videos of interest.


  1. Introduction
  2. Geography and Development 1
  3. Food and Agricultural Productivity
  4. Water Economics
  5. Geography and Development 2
  6. Economic Growth 1
  7. Economic Growth 2
  8. Bottlenecks, Linkages and Intermediate Goods
  9. Productivity of firms
  10. Trade
  11. Property Rights
  12. Corruption
  13. Foreign aid
  14. Finance, Growth and the Poor
  15. Poverty and Behavior
  16. Health
  17. Education
  18. Politics, democracy, and war
  19. Migration
  20. Population and environment
  21. Case Studies
  22. India
  23. People (References/Optional)

Taught by

Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok



3.6 rating, based on 7 Class Central reviews

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    Miriam Laker
    The go to class link is broken. I can't watch beyond the one youtube video. The first video was excellent though
  • Profile image for Baburam Timsina
    Baburam Timsina
    Excellent curriculum ! It's well tailored and has make me learn great insights. Anyone having a genuine interest on Development Economics can truly benefit.

    Baburam Timsina
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    Michael Ayodele Akinsuyi

    Michael Ayodele Akinsuyi completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This is really a great work I must say, the explanations were thorough and succinct. It is a must for every student with economics oriented discipline.
  • Navarsh Kumar is taking this course right now.

    The course will make me able to understand the basics and beyond of development Economics concept. On top of that, I am exisiting about to take it
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