Courses

Fall 2023

Economic Analysis of Development
Subject associations
SPI 562B

Introduction to the processes of economic growth and development. The course examines various theories of development; poverty and inequality measurement; and the role of markets for credit, labor and land, as well as education and health, in development. The role of public policy is considered within each of these topics. The course may also cover topics such as foreign aid, commodity pricing, and tax policy.

Instructors
Maria Micaela Sviatschi
Economic Analysis of Development (Advanced)
Subject associations
SPI 562C

This course considers theories and evidence to explain processes of economic development. The course examines theories of economic growth, and the two-way links between development and poverty, inequality, social institutions, and the family. We also examine policy debates on education, health, and social policy, and governmental and international aid.

Instructors
Seema Jayachandran
Economic Development I
Subject associations
ECO 562

An examination of those areas in the economic analysis of development where there have been recent analytical or empirical advances. Emphasis is given to the formulation of theoretical models and econometric analysis and testing. Topics covered include models of household/farm behavior, savings behavior, equity and efficiency in pricing policy, project evaluation, measurement of poverty and inequality, and the analysis of commodity prices.

Instructors
Pascaline Dupas
Seema Jayachandran
Microeconomic Analysis for Policymakers
Subject associations
SPI 511B

This course presents concepts and tools from microeconomic theory with an emphasis on how they are applied to public policy analysis. No previous experience in economics required although students should be familiar with basic concepts in calculus. A strong understanding of algebra is a prerequisite.

Instructors
Thomas Fujiwara
Pietro Ortoleva

Spring 2023

Economic Development II
Subject associations
ECO 563

This course studies topics in Development beyond those covered in ECO 562. Topics vary from year to year. The first half of the course focuses on issues in macro development. Specific topics include an overview of broad development patterns, development accounting, misallocation, structural change, premature deindustrialization, the role of agriculture in development, market imperfections, and risk-sharing. The second half of the course covers micro development. Specific topics include environment, education, gender inequality, intrahousehold allocation, and firms.

Instructors
Seema Jayachandran
Richard Rogerson
Economic Analysis of Development (Advanced)
Subject associations
SPI 562C

This course considers theories and evidence to explain processes of economic development. The course examines theories of economic growth, and the two-way links between development and poverty, inequality, social institutions, and the family. We also examine policy debates on education, health, and social policy, and governmental and international aid.

Instructors
Seema Jayachandran
Topics in Economics: The Economics of Climate Change Policy
Subject associations
SPI 582B

This course tackles the challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change. We study the consequences of climate change and the government policy aimed at limiting carbon emissions. We place particular emphasis on global impacts, including in lower-income countries that face disproportionate damages from climate change, as well as unique difficulties in implementing environmental regulation.

Instructors
Allan Hsiao