An introduction to the field and tools of development economics exploring salient theoretical and policy debates and assessing examples of alternative development strategies. Competing models of economic growthóand how to evaluate them against the experience of both developing and industrial countriesóare critically examined. Students develop a working knowledge of modeling methods in development economics; gain familiarity with practical issues (such as the situation of women in developing countries environmental concerns in development projects design and application the roles of government and external financing in development); and learn how to evaluate development projects. Critical and analytical thinking about these topics and understanding of how they relate to the everyday lives of the people in developing countries constitute the course's overall goal.
Harvard Division of Continuing Education