Courses

Microeconomics of Development (Binghamton University)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

This is an advanced undergraduate course covering core topics in the field of development economics. Development Economics studies the economics of human behavior of individuals in developing countries. The course takes a microeconomic perspective and covers state-of-the-art empirical methods for applied microeconomic analysis. The course addresses the microeconomic foundations of development problems and their implications for policy design in different contexts. Three main blocks comprise the course:

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Labor Economics for Developing Countries (Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014

Labor markets are important, because most people, especially the poor, derive all or the great bulk of their income from the work they do. Labor is the most abundant asset of poor households in developing countries. Developing this asset is therefore essential to helping households move out of poverty. Strengthening the work force can also improve the investment climate, increase economic growth, and prevent instability and violence, particularly in post-conflict situations, where large numbers of unemployed youth threaten security.

The course, intended as a broad survey of labor...

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PED100: Economic Development Policy (Harvard Kennedy School)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2013

This master's level course explores the microeconomic foundations of economic policymaking in developing countries. Classes will combine economic theory and empirical analysis to better understand the impact of economic development policy on development goals. We will focus on specific examples chosen from cases worldwide to learn which policies have worked, which ones have not, and how a rigorous evaluation of these experiences can inform the design of better economic development policies in the future. The course is organized around four main themes: (1) Human Development (Health,...

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Labor Markets in Developing Countries (Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2013

This is an undergraduate course in labor economics. The course teaches core topics in the field of labor economics applied to developing countries as well as empirical methods for applied microeconomic analysis.

Labor markets are important, because most people, especially the poor, derive all or most of their income from the work they do. Therefore, labor is an important asset of poor households. Labor markets in developing countries exhibit several interesting stylized facts: a substantial fraction of the poor act as entrepreneurs,  frequent...

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Microeconomics of Health and Development (Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2010

Despite it being a huge humanitarian problem, why is HIV/AIDS the wrong disease to attack in Africa even if the objective is lowering overall HIV prevalence? What do neuroscience and economics have in common? If monthly gym members pay higher fees than annual gym members for the option to cancel each month, why are they much more likely to stay enrolled beyond one year than users committing for a year? If the price for an average meal has stayed relatively stable, how can restaurants afford offering increasingly bigger food portions to their customers? Does poor health cause poverty or...

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World Bank SIEF Impact Evaluation Workshops

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2009

Impact Evaluation measures a program's effectiveness by comparing the target outcomes of beneficiaries against a control group - both before and after project implementation. The central challenge for rigorous evaluations is to develop a credible counterfactual - establishing what would have happened to the beneficiaries had they not been exposed to the program. A reliable counterfactual comes from identifying a comparison (or control) group of participants that is as similar as possible to those benefiting from the program.

Evidence from credible impact evaluations is one of the...

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