PED-130: Why Are So Many Countries Poor, Volatile, and Unequal?





I was the Teaching Fellow for Profesor Ricardo Hausmann in the Falls of 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. I received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Student Teaching (school-level recognition) for my work in this course in four occasions.


This course explores the causes and consequences of three salient and interrelated characteristics of developing countries, namely poverty, volatility, and inequality, and it links them to current themes in development policy. The course will characterize the relationships between these three problems and a varied class of proximate and deeper determinants of economic development, including national saving, human capital accumulation, international trade and technology diffusion, demography, geography, and macroeconomic, structural, contractual, and political institutions. The emphasis throughout will be on informing the discussion on development policy.