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ECON-622 Economic Development II
Spring for 2010-2011
  • Jack, Billy
  • This class will cover a range of topics in the economics of development. The technical focus will be relatively microeconomic, but I hope to encourage a broad policy-based approach development. A complete syllabus will be available in the fall, but topics are likely to include the following:

    • The big picture – what is being poor all about?

    • A bit of growth theory

    • Poverty and inequality

    • Political economy and government failure

    • Agriculture, land markets, etc.

    • Aid, aid effectiveness, and development

    • Trade and development

    • Health, Education, and other social policies


    Over the summer, I would like you to read at least one of the following books:

    Collier, Paul: The Bottom Billion: Why the poorest countries are failing, and what can be done about it

    Easterly, William: The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics

    Easterly, William: The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

    Jeffrey Sachs: The end of poverty: Economic possibilities for our time

    Amartya Sen: Development as Freedom
    Credits: 3
    Prerequisites: ECON-601, 605, and 613
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