This course is an advanced economics course that focuses on micro-economic issues in developing countries with an emphasis on program evaluation. The course focuses on issues relating to health, HIV/AIDS, gender, household economics, and education with particular attention to empirical analysis and methodologies to address fundamental theoretical and policy relevant questions. Students will take a hands-on approach using STATA with real data to replicate studies that are covered in class. Coursework includes: computer-based problem sets and writing exercises; an original paper based on computer analysis of survey data, and classroom participation.
There is no textbook or course pack. All readings are available electronically through the CTools web site for the course.
Prerequisites: ECON 401. Students are expected to have a basic familiarity with intermediate microeconomics. Given the emphasis on statistical analysis in the course, ECON 404 or 405 are strongly recommended. Familiarity with computer statistical packages will be useful but is not required.