Offer: Free On-line Course: The Challenges of Global Poverty/MITx - Starts: Feb 5, 2014
The Challenges of Global Poverty
A course for those who are interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty.
About this Course
This is a course for those who are interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty, and are hopeful that economists might have something useful to say about this challenge.
The questions we will take up include: Is extreme poverty a thing of the past? What is economic life like when living under a dollar per day? Are the poor always hungry? How do we make schools work for poor citizens? How do we deal with the disease burden? Is microfinance invaluable or overrated? Without property rights, is life destined to be "nasty, brutish and short"? Should we leave economic development to the market? Should we leave economic development to non-governmental organizations (NGOs)? Does foreign aid help or hinder? Where is the best place to intervene? And many others.
At the end of this course, you should have a good sense of the key questions asked by scholars interested in poverty today, and hopefully a few answers as well.
This course is intended to be an introduction to the main topics in global poverty as conceptualized by leading economists and political scientists. A course for those who are interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty.
This course is intended to be an introduction to the main topics in global poverty as conceptualized by leading economists and political scientists. Some previous exposure to economics will be helpful for students, as concepts such as utility functions, Engel curves, and income vs. substitution effects will be discussed. Similarly, some familiarity with statistics will be useful, since we will be examining leading research in the field, which often involves interpreting empirical evidence in the form of regression results. However, previous exposure to economics and statistics is not critical to understanding the material and learning from the course. Various resources will be made available throughout the course for students to learn or refresh on the most important topics. We also provide links to recommended resources for further study.
Starts: Feb 5
Course Length: 14 weeks
Estimated effort: At least 6 hours/week