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11.487 Urban Public Finance in Developing Countries, Fall 2003

Squatter settlements in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
New squatter settlements in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2001. (Photo courtesy of Prof. Annette Miae Kim.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a full set of problem sets 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.


Prof. Annette Miae Kim

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session




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