14.74 Foundations of Development Policy

As taught in: Spring 2004




Prof. Esther Duflo

Prof. Abhijit Banerjee

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

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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