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The Challenges of Global Poverty

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • Subject Economics
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Effort 12-14 hours a week
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  • Duration 11 weeks long
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Overview

This course is part of the new MITx MicroMasters program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP). To enroll in the MicroMasters track or to learn more about this program and how it integrates with MIT’s new blended Master’s degree, please visit the MicroMasters portal

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.

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Syllabus

14.73x – The Challenges of Global Poverty

Week One:
Introduction & Poverty Traps and Experiments
Week Two: Food
Week Three: Health
Week Four: Education
Week Five: Family
Week Six: Risk and Insurance
Week Seven: Credit
Week Eight: Savings
Week Nine: Entrepreneurship
Week Ten: Institutions & Conclusion

Taught by

Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee

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Javier J
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This course is an eye-opener. Completing it with an A was challenging. Immersing yourself into the lectures and reading will help you with the finger exercises and homework assignments which comprise 75% of your grade. The cohort for joining the new blended degree program is Fall 2019. Anyone who is interested in global change, social justice and economic development through policy and evidence based practice would benefit in joining the micromasters track.
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