Spring 2020

Education and Human Capital in Developing Economies

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-421

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Caroline B. Theoharides (Section 01)

Description

In this course, we will explore the determinants of educational acquisition in developing countries. We will begin by discussing human capital theory. We will then explore a number of key determinants of educational outcomes in developing countries, such as educational infrastructure, teacher quality, conditional cash transfers, anti-child labor programs, and peer effects. The course will also include a module comparing the key questions in the economics of education facing developed versus developing countries. The purposes of this course are to deepen understanding of the determinants of educational investments and to build experience with using empirical research to expand knowledge in this area. To that end, much of the course will focus on careful reading of empirical journal articles, discussion of the various econometric techniques used, and causal identification. The course is built around student development of an original paper that expands our empirical understanding of the determinants of educational investments in a low-income economy context.

Requisites: ECON 300/301 and ECON 360/361. Limited to 15 students.Fall and spring semesters. Professor Theoharides.

If Overenrolled: Priority to juniors and seniors

Keywords

Attention to Research

Offerings

2019-20: Offered in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020
Other years: Offered in Spring 2021