14.74 Foundations of Development Policy

Spring 2004

South African outdoor classroom.
South African outdoor classroom. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Peace Corps.)

Course Highlights

This course features extensive lecture notes, and detailed problem sets in the assignments section.

Course Description

In this course, we will study the different facets of human development: education, health, gender, the family, land relations, risk, informal and formal norms and institutions. While studying each of these topics, we will ask: What determines the decisions of poor households in developing countries? What constraints are they subject to? Is there a scope for policy (by government, international organizations, or NGOs)? What policies have been tried out? Have they been successful?

Technical Requirements

File decompression software, such as Winzip or StuffIt, is required to open the .zip files found on this course site. The .zip file contains additional files which require software as well. STATA® software is required to run the .dta files found on this course site.

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Prof. Esther Duflo
Prof. Abhijit Banerjee

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session