Fall 2019

Education and Human Capital in Developing Economies

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-421


Caroline B. Theoharides (Section 01)


In this course, we will explore the determinants of educational acquisition in developing countries. We will begin by discussing human capital theory. We will then explore a number of key determinants of educational outcomes in developing countries, such as educational infrastructure, teacher quality, conditional cash transfers, anti-child labor programs, and peer effects. The course will also include a module comparing the key questions in the economics of education facing developed versus developing countries. The purposes of this course are to deepen understanding of the determinants of educational investments and to build experience with using empirical research to expand knowledge in this area. To that end, much of the course will focus on careful reading of empirical journal articles, discussion of the various econometric techniques used, and causal identification. The course is built around student development of an original paper that expands our empirical understanding of the determinants of educational investments in a low-income economy context.

Requisites: ECON 300/301 and ECON 360/361. Limited to 15 students.Fall and spring semesters. Professor Theoharides.

If Overenrolled: Priority to juniors and seniors


Attention to Research


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022