14.73x is a course for those who are interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty, and are hopeful that economists might have something useful to say about this challenge. The questions addressed include: Is extreme poverty a thing of the past? What is economic life like when living under a dollar per day? Are the poor always hungry? How do we make schools work for poor citizens? How do we deal with the disease burden? Is microfinance invaluable or overrated? Without property rights, is life destined to be “nasty, brutish and short”? Should we leave economic development to the market? Does foreign aid help or hinder? And many others. At the end of this course, interested in poverty today, and hopefully a few answers as well.
14.73x was offered as an MITx on edX course in the Spring of 2013. It was taught by Professors Esther Duflo and Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee.
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