14.11 Special Topics in Economics: The Challenge of World Poverty

Fall 2006

Poor families in Ghana.

Poor families in Ghana. (Image courtesy of Jenny Johnston.)

Course Highlights

This course features a readings list and selected lecture notes.

Course Description

This is a course for those who are interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty, have had some economics, and believe that economists might have something useful to say about this question. The questions we will take up include: Is extreme poverty a thing of the past? Why do some countries grow fast and others fall further behind? Does growth help the poor? Does foreign aid help? What can we do about corruption? Should we leave it all to the markets? Should we leave it to the non-governmental organizations (NGOs)? Where is the best place to intervene? How do we deal with the disease burden? How do we improve schools? And many others.

Recommended Citation

For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

Abhijit Banerjee, course materials for 14.11 Special Topics in Economics: The Challenge of World Poverty, Fall 2006. MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu/), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].

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Prof. Abhijit Banerjee

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2.5 hours / session