48407 Experimental Development Economics

Economic development is a process of trial and error, innovation and experimentation, success and failure. Given the right institutions, some not unfavorable resource endowments, and a bit of luck, incomes can grow, health can improve, and human
development can flourish; other times, things don’t turn out so well.
While the last 150 years have seen broad improvements in well -being around the world, and deep reductions in poverty have been achieved in just the last 25 years, there remains huge disparities in living standard between and within countries. There is much work to be done before we can claim to have reached a just, prosperous, and sustainable world.
Given the urgency of development challenges, it is imperative that we learn quickly from our mistakes and build robustly on our successes. The hope is that by understanding what kinds of innovations and policies “work” to improve the lives of the deprived and vulnerable, and how they work, we might be better placed to accelerate the process of development more generally. To that end, this course will provide an overview of empirical methods and analytical techniques for assessing the impact and effectiveness of development innovations at both the product and policy levels.



Prof. William Jack
Professor of Development, Public Finance, and Health Economics
Department of Economics, Georgetown University


Duration: 16 - 26 July 2018
Place: S15, Faculty of Law, Peter Merian-Weg 8

Monday 16.07.2018: 09.00-11.45
Tuesday 17.07.2018: 09.00-11.45
Wednesday 18.07.2018: 09.00-11.45
Thursday 19.07.2018: 09.00-11.45

Monday 23.07.2018: 09.00-11.45
Tuesday 24.07.2018: 09.00-11.45
Wednesday 25.07.2018: 09.00-11.45

Thursday 26.07.2018: 10.00-11.30 (Final exam!)


Assessment & Exam => Update!!

  • There will be one homework assignment worth 25%, due at the 5pm on Friday 20 July 2018.
  • Active classroom participation will count for 25%.
  • Students will take a 1.5-hour final exam woth 50% on Thursday, 26 July 2018.


Recommended Prerequisites

Intermediate Microeconomics (10134)
Introduction to Econometrics (Einführung in die Ökonometrie, 10172)


Course Information

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