• Length:
    11 Weeks
  • Effort:
    12–14 hours per week
  • Institution
  • Subject:
  • Level:
    Advanced
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcript:
    English

Prerequisites

Familiarity with high school calculus Basic understanding of statistics or econometrics Familiarity with introductory microeconomics

About this course

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This course is part of the new MITx MicroMasters program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP). To enroll in the MicroMasters track or to learn more about this program and how it integrates with MIT’s new blended Master’s degree, please visit the MicroMasters portal

In this course, we will study the different facets of human development in topics such as education, health, gender, the family, land relations, risk, informal and formal norms, public policy, and institutions. While studying each of these topics, we will delve into the following questions:

  • What determines the decisions of poor households in developing countries?
  • What constraints are poor households subject to?
  • What is the scope for policy interventions (implemented by the government, international organizations, or NGOs)?
  • What policies have been tried out? Have they been successful?

At the same time, you will discover modern empirical methods in economics, in particular Randomized Control Trials (RCTs). Throughout the course, we will expose you to all facets of empirical projects, from experimental design and ethical issues, to data collection and data analysis.You will have the chance to gain experience working with real data using software for statistical analysis during weekly assignments.

Course Previews:

Our course previews are meant to give prospective learners the opportunity to get a taste of the content and exercises that will be covered in each course. If you are new to these subjects, or eager to refresh your memory, each course preview also includes some available resources. These resources may also be useful to refer to over the course of the semester. 

A score of 60% or above in the course previews indicates that you are ready to take the course, while a score below 60% indicates that you should further review the concepts covered before beginning the course.

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What you'll learn

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  • Lessons from cutting edge research in development across a range of topics
  • How to build and apply economic models relevant to concrete development situations
  • How to design and conduct a randomized control trial to learn more about these questions
  • Data management and analysis using the software R
14.740x – Foundations of Development Policy

Week One: Introduction
Week Two: Nutrition and Productivity
Week Three: Education
Week Four: Gender & The Family
Week Five: Insurance
Week Six: Land and Property Rights
Week Seven: Credit
Week Eight: Savings
Week Nine: Public Finance
Week Ten: Political Economy
Week Eleven: Corruption

Meet your instructors

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee
Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
MIT
Esther Duflo
Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics, winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
MIT
Benjamin Olken
Professor of Economics
MIT

Who can take this course?

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