Fall 2019

Development Economics

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-262


Mesay Melese Gebresilasse (Section 01)


This course surveys major topics in the study of economic development. We will examine economic issues pertinent to developing countries through a discussion of economic theory and a review of empirical evidence. The topics covered will include economic growth, structural change, education, health, migration, gender, institutions, aid, and industrial policy. Using publicly available data, students will work on an empirical report identifying key development issues in a country of their choice and analyzing policy recommendations. Through lectures, discussions and the empirical project, the course aims to equip students with the tools they need to understand the various aspects of the development process and to evaluate policy options.

Requisite: ECON 111/ECON 111E. Limited to 30 students. Fall and spring semesters. Professor Gebresilasse.

If Overenrolled: Students may be asked to describe their academic background and interest in the course. The class will be selected to achieve a group with diverse academic backgrounds and interests. Some preference will be given to economics majors.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2022