11.487 Urban Public Finance in Developing Countries

Fall 2004

Homes without public services in a squatter settlement area of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2000. (Image by Prof. Annette M. Kim.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of problem sets, in the assignments section, and a complete set of readings.

Course Description

This readings-based course analyzes the structure and operation of government systems in developing countries, with particular emphasis on regional and local governments. Major topics include: the role of decentralization in national economic reform programs, the potential impact of decentralized governments on local economic development, determination of optimal arrangements for sharing fiscal responsibilities among levels of government, evaluation of local revenue and expenditure decisions, and assessment of prospects and options for intergovernmental fiscal reform. Emphasis is on basic economic concerns, with consideration given to political, institutional, and cultural factors.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls.

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Prof. Annette M. Kim

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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