Fall 2023

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 semester. Professor Gebresilasse. 

How to handle overenrollment: 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.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Modes of learning and assessment include readings, lectures, problem solving, in-class exams, independent research, writing, quantitative work, graphical analysis, and class participation.

ECON 262 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM SCCE E108
Th 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM SCCE E108

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Economic Development, 12th Edition Pearson, 2015 Michael P. Todaro and Stephen C. Smith Required TBD
The Elusive Quest for growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics The MIT Press, 2001 William Easterly Recommended Only Amherst Books TBD
Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty PublicAffairs, 2011 Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo Recommended Only Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Fall 2024