Infrastructure Policy in Developing Countries Winter 2024
Division II
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This is a CDE winter term course, open to undergraduates. Students will be introduced to policy-making challenges of infrastructure, with a focus on developing countries. Students will read and discuss case studies on how different countries have sought to address infrastructure challenges through policy interventions. Through these, students are expected to develop an appreciation for different elements of infrastructure policy, and how countries have succeeded – or not – in using policies to meet their development objectives. The course will touch on evolving energy technologies, different transportation sectors, public-private partnerships, infrastructure financing and the impacts of climate change. The course approach is applied political economy as opposed to theory, and there are no prerequisites. Case examples will be drawn from a range of developing countries, covering Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Students are expected to participate actively in class discussions, and will write a paper and deliver a team presentation on ways in which infrastructure challenges can be approached in a country of their choosing.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 30
Expected: NA
Class#: 1340
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Paper(s) or report(s); Presentation(s); Other: Class participation
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Interest in the topic.
Unit Notes: The instructor is the former Global Director of Infrastructure at the World Bank Group's International Financial Corporation. He has over three decades of experience in economic development, and teaches, consults, and writes about infrastructure.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ECON 29 Division II ECON 51 Division II
Attributes: STUX Winter Study Student Exploration

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