PED100: Economic Development Policy (Harvard Kennedy School)





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, Education, and Household Dynamics); (2) Institutions and Markets (Institutions, Government Effectiveness, and Private Sector Development), (3) Social Networks and Cultural Economics, (4) Behavioral Economics and Development Policy Design.