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May 30, 2014

Understanding Economic Development Reading List - Arvind Subramanian

Senior fellow Arvind Subramanian has just finished teaching a course at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University on long run economic development. Not the recent trend toward micro-development that focuses on questions such as “will giving away free bed-nets help malaria prevention?” But macro-development that focuses on questions of why some nations that got left behind after the industrial revolution remain poor while some others have caught up (or on their way to doing so). 

January 27, 2014

Political Economy of Development - Columbia University

My goal is to get students to think critically about development theory and practice. A slight majority of examples and readings will be drawn from sub-Saharan Africa, in part give the course some focus, and in part because it is my area of expertise. But in I will also bring in a considerable amount of material on Latin America, the early development of the US and Europe, and to a lesser extent Asia—an order determined largely by my knowledge or ignorance.

August 6, 2010

Economic Development and Econometric Impact Evaluation, Tufts University (Syllabus)

The course will introduce students to a variety of econometric techniques in impact evaluation and a set of analytical skills that will assist them in becoming both consumers and producers of applied empirical research in development. Students will not only learn how to critically analyze evaluation research and gauge how convincing it is in establishing a causal relationship, but also use these skills to develop an evaluation plan and conduct an impact evaluation of an existing development project.

August 4, 2010

Leading Issues in Global Development Finance, Georgetown University (Syllabus)

This module will examine the leading issues related to capital flows between the developed and developing worlds. It will cover the various types of official and private finance as well as the institutions and policies designed to manage and promote these flows. The first half considers development assistance from both the recipient and donor perspectives, as well as the changing roles of the IMF and the multilateral development banks. In the second half, the course explores the key issues in debt, private investment, and the financial sector. The course will stress policy-relevant issues and the presentation of analysis and information in a format used in real policymaking settings.

June 4, 2010

Microeconomics of Development, Tufts University (Syllabus)

The goal of this course is to better understand the microeconomic foundations of development issues in poor countries, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. The course will first focus on microeconomic theory as a framework for analyzing households’ and policymakers’ behavior.

January 22, 2010

Econometrics, Tufts University (Syllabus)

This course provides an introduction to basic econometric methods. These are the tools of data analysis that economists and other social scientists use to estimate the size of economic and social relationships, and to test hypotheses about them, using real-world data.

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