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Introduction to Development Economics

Program(s): Undergraduate Courses

Taught Online*  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.

Remote or Residential

✓ Remote Course


Course Considerations

Prerequisite: Econ 10000 (or Econ 20000/20010) and Stat 22000 (or Stat 23400 or Stat 24400)

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

Undergrad / Grad


Undergraduate Courses

Start Date

June 13

End Date

July 15

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Srinivasan Vasudevan

Academic Interest


Class Specifics

Course Code

ECON 15500 91

Class Day(s)

Tues Thurs

Class Duration (CST)


4:00 P.M.


Session I

Course Length

5 weeks