ECON 51
Infrastructure in Developing Countries--Considerations for Policy Makers Winter 2022
Division II

Class Details

This is a CDE winter term course, open to undergraduates as well. Students will be introduced to policy-making challenges of infrastructure, particularly in Emerging Markets. Students will read reports, articles and view presentations on how the world of infrastructure is changing, notably with respect to energy (including wind, solar and storage) and transport infrastructure (both urban and national). Case examples will be drawn from a number of countries, including among others Indonesia, Colombia, and Nigeria. New technologies are having widespread impacts on countries’ options for addressing their infrastructure needs, as is climate change. In this context, policy-making holds many complexities and uncertainties. The course will introduce students to key considerations in the framing and implementation of policies to address these infrastructure challenges. Given the breadth and complexity of the topic, the course will not aim to provide “answers” as to how policy-makers can best “solve” infrastructure challenges. Class discussions will instead illustrate pros and cons of different potential policy approaches, and discuss why consensus on infrastructure policy can be hard to achieve. Students will write a paper and deliver a team presentation on ways in which infrastructure challenges can be approached in a specific Emerging Market country.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 15
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: short paper and final project or presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: preference to CDE students
Unit Notes: Bernie Sheahan is the former Director of Infrastructure at the World Bank's International Finance Corporation, as well as former Director of Public-Private Partnerships. He has decades of experience in infrastructure design, financing and policy advice. Bernie has lectured on infrastructure at Williams, Georgetown, George Washington, John Hopkins, and the National Defense University.
Materials/Lab Fee: $40
Distributions: Division II

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