Spring 2010 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Development Economics for Policymakers
Instructor(s): Ethan Kapstein
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 62445
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.216
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: Why are some countries rich and others poor? This is the central question that motivates our study of development economics. The course will introduce students to the economics of poverty, inequality, and growth, and will also analyze the political economy of the public policies that governments can deploy to address these issues, including redistribution, privatization, social and labor reforms, and greater participation in the global economy. Attention will be paid throughout the course on the role of institutions in shaping development trajectories. Readings will be drawn from academic and policy research and students should be comfortable with basic concepts in micro-, macro-, and international economics. Guest lectures will be invited to address the class, and students will work in groups on policy-oriented presentations.

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