Courses

DEV-233: Political Economy and Its Future

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

The world’s economic and political order reels under mounting challenges: the global financial crisis, the austerity debacle, a slowdown in economic growth and productivity, the aggravation of inequality and the inadequacy of conventional responses to it, the discrediting of the Washington Consensus, the globalization backlash, the re-emergence of nationalist politics in Europe and the United States, and a contest over the meaning, value, and requirements of democracy. We examine...

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DEV-101: Economic Development: Theory and Evidence

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

DEV-101 is a semester-long course that evaluates theories of economic (under)development and scrutinizes empirical evidence in order to understand key features of the development process across countries. To do so, the course will utilize analytical frameworks, grounded in economic theory, that examine the determinants of factor accumulation by individuals, firms and societies. Drawing on empirical evidence on individual and societal behavior, we will evaluate the relevance of these frameworks for diagnosing root causes of economic development. The course has three broad sections: (i)...

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API-525: Ideas and Interests

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2016

Government policies are often said to be determined by powerful vested interests. But where do political actors get their ideas about what’s in their interest? This seminar focuses on ideas of three different kinds – on who we are, how the world works, and what the feasible options are – and analyzes how each shape the formulation of policy interests. We will first develop an analytical framework on the interaction of ideas and interests in policy formulation. The bulk of the course will then focus on cases drawn from different policy domains in advanced and developing societies:...

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