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Fall 2010 - 61197 - PA393L - Advanced Policy Economics

Economic Development for Policy-Makers

Instructor(s): Kapstein, Ethan
Unique Number: 61197
Day & Time: M 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.316/350
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Course Overview

Students are required to take an additional three-hour course in policy economics, selected from among a set of courses focusing on the application of economic theory and techniques to a specific area of public policy. Course options include macroeconomics, public finance, regulation, international trade and finance, natural resources and environmental policy, health policy, transportation policy, human resource development, urban and regional economic development, international development, education policy, social policy, and labor economics. Not all options are offered every year. This course is usually taken in the second year. 

Section Description

Why are some countries rich and others poor? What can governments do to promote growth and to reduce poverty? These are among the key questions that we will address in this seminar. Through readings and the preparation of policy memos and group projects, students will be exposed both to the major theories of economic development (and underdevelopment) and to the economic policy decisions that governments of developing countries face. Student participation is absolutely essential and students are expected to come to class fully prepared. Grading is based on the following: Class Participation (30%); Midterm Exam (20%); Group Presentation (30%); and preparation of a one-page Policy Memo (20%). The readings from the class are from two textbooks and from selected articles and case studies (available on Blackboard):

Required texts (on order at the Co-op East):
Perkins, Radelet, Lindauer, Economics of Development
Easterly, The Elusive Quest for Growth