Online Text and Notes in Development Economics

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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Nazli Choucri, MIT

PDF Lecture notes, extensive reading list, syllabus and past exams from a Spring 2009 course that "examines alternative conceptions and theoretical underpinnings of the notion of 'sustainable development.'"

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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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Aimed primarily at schools, this site uses text, photographs and interactive "field trips" through Zambia to introduce the basics of development economics. There are many different resources available, including worksheets, data sets and a glossary. It forms part of Biz/ed website of teaching and learning resources.

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International Monetary Fund

This is a special issue of Finance and Development (March 2006), produced by the IMF, with non-technical papers on economic growth in a development context. Papers emphasise the plurality of definitions and theories of growth, but also address practical development strategy issues.

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Jonathan M Harris, Tufts University

Selected chapters from the second (2006) edition of 'Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach (Houghton Mifflin), recommended by reviewers as one of the clearest integrations of standard environmental economics with new ecological economics. The first two (mainly introductory) chapters are available to download, and two more (Trade and the Environment and Economics of Climate Change) are available as teaching modules. Downloadable 'environmental policy updates' (on fuel prices, energy supplies, global warming and energy policy formulation) are also available. Those who have bought the book can access instructor resources and student support materials from this site, using the password provided.

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Initiative for Policy Dialogue

The Initiative for Policy Dialogue was founded by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz in 2002 and is based at Columbia University.  It 'works to broaden dialogue and explore trade-offs' between policymakers and academics. Their four main activity areas are: task forces which bring together experts, country dialogues, a journalism programme and education programme.  It also publishes papers, The Journal of Globalization and Development, books and policy briefs.

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Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson, MIT

Extensive notes on Acemoglu and Robinson's lectures on institutional political economy as applied to development, which form a proptotype for their recent book on 'Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy.' Makes extensive use of economic models, but text should also be of interest to economic historians, political economists and political scientists.

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