Teaching and Resources

This book grew, in part, out of years of teaching undergraduates and graduate students at MIT and elsewhere, and we hope that it can be used to support learning at various levels.

In the spring of 2011, we have been using the book for two courses: one, Challenges for World Poverty, an introductory course for students who do not have a background in economics. This course is a mix of lecture and discussion. Students read the book, as well as other papers, and they answer essay questions about the issues that they learn about. The second course, Foundations of Development Policies, is for advanced undergraduates and masters students.

In this section of the website, we provide the course materials from both. These materials include the lecture notes, assignments, and videos used throughout the course. We hope you will find this material useful as a supplementary resource to the book, and a way to enrich your learning experience.

Given that both courses are currently underway, this page will be regularly updated, so do check back often!

William Easterly / December 9, 2007 / ig2:us

A presentation by Prof. William Easterly on aid skepticism and African development.

Paul Kagame / July 25, 2009 / CNN

A CNN interview with President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, who discusses his plans to decrease Rwandan dependence on foreign aid.

Esther Duflo / March 18, 2010 / POP! TECH

A POP!TECH presentation by Prof. Esther Duflo on randomized evaluations.

Esther Duflo / June 10, 2006 / MIT World

An introduction to the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), with some results from J-PAL randomized evaluations.

Esther Duflo / MIT 150+ Symposia

Prof. Esther Duflo's presentation during the MIT 150-year anniversary economics symposium's panel on macroeconomics, growth and development.

Esther Duflo / February 1, 2010 / TEDTalk

Prof. Esther Duflo's TEDTalk outlining the use of randomized evaluations in determining micro-level solutions to global development challenges.