Ideas to Action:

Independent research for global prosperity

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This course surveys the literature on the key determinants of economic development. We start by considering some of the factors that drive economic growth, poverty and inequality. We begin with a discussion of growth models and then move on to the analysis of health and education, population, and the linkages between investments in human resources and economic growth. The course then moves on to other key topics in international development including international trade, globalization, and governance. After considering some country case studies, we conclude with a discussion on the scope and limitations of foreign aid and the institutions that implement aid policies. (2008)