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!

3.1 Lecture: Challenges of world poverty: Health
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture 7 from the spring 2011 MIT undergraduate course, The Challenges of World Poverty.

3.1 Lecture: Foundations of Development Policy: RCTs and Deworming
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture 5 on an intro to randomized control trials and deworming from the spring 2011 MIT masters course, Foundations of Development Policy.

3.2 Lecture: Challenges of world poverty: Low-Hanging Fruit
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture 8 on the 'low-hanging fruit' in health from the spring 2011 MIT undergraduate course, The Challenges of World Poverty.

3.2 Lecture: Foundations of Development Policy: Preventive Care
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture 6 on preventative health services and activities  from the spring 2011 MIT masters course, Foundations of Development Policy.

3.3 Lecture: Foundations of Development Policy: Health Care
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Lecture 7 on the demand for health care from the spring 2011 MIT masters course, Foundations of Development Policy.

Challenges of World Poverty: A Sample Essay on Health
Caroline Hane-Weijman / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A sample essay on health written by Caroline Hane-Weijman an MIT Economics undergraduate student for the spring 2011 undergraduate class Challenges of World Poverty.

Challenges of world poverty: Essay Questions on Health
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Essay questions on health from the spring 2011 MIT undergraduate course, The Challenges of World Poverty.

Abhijit Banerjee / Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

A six-part documentary examining global health challenges, with a particular focus on India.

Esther Duflo / College de France

(In French, with English dubbing.) Prof. Esther Duflo's series of lectures given at the College de France. In this lecture, Prof. Duflo explores issues of health.

Esther Duflo / College de France

(In French, with English dubbing.) Prof. Esther Duflo's series of lectures given at the College de France. In this lecture, Prof. Duflo explores issues of health.