Political Economy and Economic Development

A photo of Kenyan teens wearing red school uniforms lined up outside.

Students line up for lunch at the kitchen of Longonot High School in Kenya. (Photo courtesy of teachandlearn on Flickr. CC-BY-NC-SA.)

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MIT Course Number

14.75

As Taught In

Fall 2012

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Description

This course explores the relationship between political institutions and economic development, covering key theoretical issues as well as recent empirical evidence. Topics include corruption, democracy, dictatorship, and war. Discusses not just what we know on these topics, but how we know it, covering how to craft a good empirical study or field experiment and how to discriminate between reliable and unreliable evidence.

Olken, Benjamin. 14.75 Political Economy and Economic Development, Fall 2012. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/economics/14-75-political-economy-and-economic-development-fall-2012 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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