MA in International Development and Policy (MAIDP)

MAIDP students will be taking three courses per quarter for one year. 

First quarter: You will l take three required Core courses which act as a foundation for the rest of your coursework and career: Microeconomics, Data Analytics, and Analytical Politics for International Development.

Second quarter: You will take one additional required Core course: Economic Development and Policy. You will also take two electives. For one of the electives, we offer a MAIDP-specific program evaluation class. While we strongly recommend this class, you may opt out.

Final quarter: You will take three electives.

For full degree requirements see the MAIDP degree page

How the autumn quarter core courses will be offered:

MAIDP Core Sequence

Core Classes:

  • PPHA 57000 | Microeconomics for International Development
  • PPHA 57100 | Data Analysis for International Development
  • PPHA 57200 | Analytical Politics for International Development
  • PPHA 57300 | Economic Development & Policy

For those students who previously completed more advanced economics, statistics, and calculus coursework, you can opt to petition to waive Microeconomics for International Development or Data Analytics for International Development, and instead be enrolled into the MPP version. Waivers will only be considered for those two classes based on previous coursework and the successful passage of the waiver exams.

Below we highlight current plans for delivery of the core classes, given the coronavirus situation and the resulting travel and gathering restrictions. Note that these plans could change if the situation changes.

PPHA 5700 | Microeconomics for International Development 

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use two live Zoom sessions each week. All live lectures will be given in the early morning to accommodate time zones. Each week, students will be asked to watch and engage with this lecture. These instructor-led live sessions will be recorded and made available to students who miss all or a portion of the class meeting. Students will also be able to re-watch material that they are uncertain about.

In addition, each week students will also have a one-hour live zoom session with a teaching assistant (TA). There will also be instructor and TA office hours online to get specific help. Students who need additional training on statistical coding in Stata and R will also register for a Coding Lab which meets once per week online. 

Description:

Economics, specially, microeconomics is that branch of social sciences that studies human behavior, not only in the context of economic transactions, but in (almost) any context in which individuals or groups make decisions. Today, economists also study human behavior in many other areas, including voting behavior, lobbying, congressional negotiations, protest and revolutions, wars, supreme court decisions, policy making in parliamentary versus presidential systems, organizational design, search algorithms on the internet, etc. In this course, we are going to learn about this methodology. That is, we are going to learn “the economics approach” to human behavior.

PPHA 57100 | Data Analysis for International Development

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a combination of live Zoom lectures and pre-recorded lectures. The live zoom lectures will be 60 minutes, once per week for the entire class. Students will have the option to attend live or view the recording of the class session later (or both). There will also be weekly TA sessions as well as instructor and TA office hours for students to ask individual questions. Both the live zoom lecture and discussion sections will be scheduled with time zones in mind, and all content will be recorded to allow students to watch it back later if they want to review the content or were unable to attend the live session.

Description:

Students will learn best practices for engaging in data-driven evaluation of public policy interventions    The content of the course will focus explicitly on developing contexts: how to implement policies in fragile or weakly institutionalized settings; how to discern and promote effective policies; how to tackle public policy challenges using an evidence-based approach; how to engage in rigorous research on timely, relevant topics. Students will be introduced to econometrics and learn to code in R.

PPHA 57200 | Analytical Politics for International Development

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a “flipped classroom” model. Each week, students will be asked to watch and engage with a pre-recorded lecture. These lectures will include a written transcript and will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about. The lectures will also be integrated with exercises that will let students self-assess how well they understand the material and pre-feed questions into the live discussion sections. In addition to the pre-recorded lectures, each student will register for a weekly 60-minute live discussion. Discussion sections are being scheduled with an eye toward the time zones that students are likely to be in. Students will also have access to an optional weekly TA session, as well as instructor and TA office hours to get additional help. 

PPHA 573000 | Economic Development & Policy 

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a combination of live instructor-led Zoom discussion sections and pre-recorded lectures. The live discussions will be 80 minutes, once per week. In addition, there will be one-on-one and small group sessions with instructors and TAs where students can ask questions or engage in further discussions and ask individual questions. Students will have the option to attend live or view the recording of the class session later (or both). Pre-recorded lectures can be watched in advance of live discussions, during which the instructor will answer questions regarding the material and guide discussions connecting the material to practical aspects of development policy. Both the live lecture and discussion section will be scheduled with time zones in mind, and all content will be recorded to allow students to watch it back later if they want to review the content or were unable to attend the live session.

Description:

Students will be given an overview of economic development around the world and through time, the history of economic development thinking and policy, and the practical aspects of how we learn about which development policies work and which don't.  Discussions will vary from conceptual to applied policy topics. For example, we will try to come to terms with how we measure poverty and development (and how that sometimes distorts policy-makers' views of the world), or what should we do as policy-makers when we face a lack of evidence. We will see how development economics research and development policy have sometimes gone hand-in-hand, and sometimes contradicted each other. Students will be able to work on projects related to their regions or issues of interest which attempt to make them think about how we can take research out of the classroom and into real settings.