This graduate level course will focus on the intersection of two rapidly growing fields in economics - development economics, and behavioral economics. We will study applications of behavioral economics to development questions, and ask whether there is a special behavioral science of poverty and development. Methods covered will include field experiments, lab experiments, tests of theory and combining experiments with structural estimation. The class is aimed at PhD students interested in conducting research in either of these fields.
The Development Tea is an informal weekly gathering where PhD students interested in economic development (primary but not exclusively economics department students) meet to discuss potential ideas, obtain help on research-related problems, and present preliminary findings. The Tea is attended by PhD students and development faculty from the economics department, including Melissa Dell, Michael Kremer, Nathan Nunn, and Gautam Rao.