Handbooks and reading lists in Development Economics

Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee, Michael Kremer, MIT

From an archived graduate-level course taught in 2002, this MIT OpenCourseWare site includes PDF-format lecture slides, a reading list and syllabus.

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Esther Duflo & Abhijit Banerjee, MIT

Originally taught in 2004, this archived course looked at "the different facets of human development: education, health, gender, the family, land relations, risk, informal and formal norms and institutions." Reading list, note-form lecture notes, exams and STATA exercises are available.

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Christine Walley, MIT

Reading list and essay topics from a 2003 course that explores "why poverty, economic transformations and development policies often have different consequences for women and men, while also examining the history of development itself, its underlying assumptions, and its range of supporters and critics." The content is available in Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese as well as in English.

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Robert M. Townsend, MIT

Twelve video lectures and accompnying slides, plus detailed reading list and problem sets from the first half of a 2013 undergraduate course. Topics include "migration, modernization, and technological change; static and dynamic models of political economy; the dynamics of income distribution and institutional change; firm structure in developing countries; development, transparency, and functioning of financial markets; privatization; and banks and credit market institutions in emerging markets." The videos can be downloaded from the Internet Archive or from iTunesU.

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Alex Tabarrok and Tyler Cowen, George Mason University

An online course including 245 YouTube videos (totalling about 25.5 hours), online self-test questions and forums in which to ask questions. It is structured into 23 topics.

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Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University

The site for this 14-week online course, dating from January 2014, includes a detailed reading list, covering topics including development and its measurement, universal health coverage, biodiversity, sustainable cities, and climate change.

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Patrick Nolen, University of Essex

Course handbook and PDF lecture slides from a Spring 2014 course

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