ECON-492 The Development Incubator
Spring for 2017-2018
This one-credit course aims to engage students in empirical research and innovation in development economics and impact evaluation. Mentored learning will be offered under the direction of the two co-directors of the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation (gui2de), which conducts development research in East and West Africa, India, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Students will learn about experimental methods of impact evaluation, project management, survey design and implementation, and data analysis. They will also work in small teams to design innovative solutions to development challenges that might include mobile apps, engineering solutions, information campaigns, social marketing interventions, and more, and that could later be tested in the field.

The incubator will meet for one hour each week on Tuesdays, 11:00am - 12:15pm. Student teams will also be at liberty to use gui2de office space during the week at their own discretion, subject to availability.

Students who will return to campus in Fall 2017 will have the opportunity to apply for one of at least two summer internship positions with gui2de in East Africa in the summer of 2017. Graduating students will also be considered for longer term field assignments.

Interested students should send a 100-word statement of interest to gui2de program coordinator Whitney Odden, at, with subject line “Application for Development Incubator.”

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Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
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