Fall 2023

Education and Human Capital in Developing Economies

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-421


Caroline B. Theoharides (Section 01)


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 semester. Professor Theoharides.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority to juniors and seniors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Reading and engaging with academic research, writing analytical and theoretical economic papers, group work, quantitative and analytical reasoning, oral presentations, use of statistical software.

ECON 421 - LEC

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM CONV 209
W 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM CONV 209


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023