Teaching the Book | Poor Economics

Teaching the Book

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!

1.1 Lecture: Challenges of world poverty (1/2)
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture 1 from the spring 2011 MIT undergraduate course, The Challenges of World Poverty. This lecture can be used as a resource both for supplementary learning by the general reader, as well as a teaching tool in formal class settings.

1.1 Lecture: Foundations of Development Policy
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture 1 from the spring 2011 MIT masters course, Foundations of Development Policy.

1.2 Lecture: Challenges of world poverty (2/2)
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture 2 of the spring 2011 MIT undergraduate course, The Challenges of World Poverty. This lecture can be used as a resource both for supplementary learning by the general reader, as well as a teaching tool in formal class settings.

1.3 Lecture: Challenges of world poverty: Social experiments
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture 1 on social experiments from the spring 2011 MIT undergraduate course, The Challenges of World Poverty. This lecture can be used as a resource both for supplementary learning by the general reader, as well as a teaching tool in formal class settings.

10.1 Lecture: Challenges of world poverty: Conclusion
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The concluding lecture of the spring 2011 MIT undergraduate course, The Challenges of World Poverty.

2.1 Lecture: Challenges of world poverty: The Bengal Famine of 1943
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture 4 on the Bengal Famine of 1943, from the spring 2011 MIT undergraduate course, The Challenges of World Poverty.

2.1 Lecture: Foundations of Development Policy: Nutrition
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture 2 from the spring 2011 MIT masters course, Foundations of Development Policy on nutrition and productivity.

2.2 Lecture: Challenges of world poverty: Nutrition-based poverty traps
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture 5 on nutrition-based poverty traps from the spring 2011 MIT undergraduate course, The Challenges of World Poverty.

2.2 Lecture: Foundations of Development Policy: Poverty Traps
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture 3 from the spring 2011 MIT masters course, Foundations of Development Policy on theory and evidence for nutritional-based poverty traps.

2.3 Lecture: Challenges of world poverty: Nutrition
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture 6 on the hidden traps of nutrition from the spring 2011 MIT undergraduate course, The Challenges of World Poverty.