ECON 372
Incentives and Development Policy Spring 2018 Division II; Cross-listed as ECON521 / ECON372
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Why isn’t the whole world developed? This course (and instructor) is of the opinion that the difficulty of getting incentives right is the key source of inefficiency. The course therefore studies how limited enforcement and asymmetric information constrain development, and about innovative development designs that attempt to overcome these constraints. The course readings will be a mix of field studies, empirical evidence and theoretical tools from game theory. Incentive and corruption problems in health, education, the regulation of banks and natural monopolies, privatization, budgeting, debt forgiveness, foreign aid, microfinance, climate treaties and ethnic violence will be studied using a unified framework. Note: this course was developed to address issues that arise in the countries represented at the CDE.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3178
Requirements/Evaluation: two hour-long tests and a final policy project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: undergraduate enrollment limited and requires instructor's permission
Enrollment Preference: intended for CDE Fellows
Distributions: Division II;

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