Development Links

(work in progress... always...)

For students--or anyone!--interested in developing country issues, here are some suggested readings and resources.

Note: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily imply that I share the same views.  And exclusion of something does not necessarily imply I don't like it.  There are many great resources I don't know about or may have unintentionally forgotten.  Please feel free to email me with suggestions.


Development as Freedom, Amartya Sen
Poor Economics, Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo
The Great Escape, Angus Deaton
Why Nations Fail, Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan
The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, William Easterly

The Development Economics Reader, Giorgio Secondi
Overseas Research II: A Practical Guide, Christopher B. Barrett and Jeffrey Cason

Textbook (undergrad level): Economic Development, Michael P. Todaro and Stephen C. Smith
Textbook (undergrad level): Essentials of Development Economics, J. Edward Taylor with Travis J. Lybbert
Textbook (grad, advanced undergrad level): Development Economics, Debraj Ray


Chris Blattmann, development economist at U Chicago. Blog posts plus a great compilation of dev-related resources.
Africa Is A Country
, archived blog about foreign aid (ended in 2011).

Stuff at Harvard

Centers and Institutes across Harvard!
CID, Center for International Development
CAS, Center for African Studies
CMES, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
DRCLAS, Center for Latin American Studies
SAI, South Asia Institute
Asia Center
D4D, Developers for Development (student group)

at MIT: Poverty Action Lab, J-PAL


The Dog Index
Role of Technology in Ending Poverty