Online Text and Notes in Development Economics
Selected chapters from the fourth 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. Two chapters are available to download, and numerous other short documents update the chapters. Those who have bought the book can access password-protected instructor resources and student support materials.
An interactive web page that shows the themes of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals and their connection to their forerunners, the eight Millennium Development Goals. This is part of a site about global development created with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
This literature review on Global Value Chains is available as a freely downloadable PDF, with chapters 1 ("Supply Chain Perspectives") and 2 ("Supply Chain Issues") individually downloadable. The early chapters define key terms and introduce how global supply chains are discussed in economic literature and in business literature.
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. The official site is no longer running, so this link is to Archive.org's copy.
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.
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.
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.
An introductory 155-page PDF from the World Bank, dated October 2010, which explains the concepts of development and sustainable development, and surveys some issues in global development. The first 107 pages are text, illustrations and a glossary, with the remaining pages consisting of data tables.
Free online introductory course with twenty hours of material, with materials downloadable in a variety of formats. This module considers "the three themes referred to as PASH - Power and Agency, Scale and History, and programmes to promote livelihoods".
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.