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

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .zip, .dta.

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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