Provides an overview of what is known (and not yet known) about the effect of institutions on economic development, drawing on theoretical and empirical insights from a variety of disciplines. Considers a wide range of development outcomes, but focuses particular attention to the provision of basic public goods such as sanitation, law and order, and the maintenance of natural resources.
Designed for MPP students concentrating in political and economic development either in the United States or abroad. Students are required to take the initiative to find a client and write a major paper, the Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE); give several presentations on their own project; and provide intellectual support for others in the course. The emphasis is on becoming an effective professional in the field of domestic or international political and economic development.