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Diana Fletschner
PB AF 534
Seattle Campus

Rural Development: Economics and Policy

Survey of current microeconomic questions related to well-being of rural people in developing countries. Strengthens the ability to design appropriate policy tools for rural development by enhancing understanding of economic theory and its applications to rural households and by reviewing findings.

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This course provides a survey of current microeconomic questions related to the well-being of rural people in developing countries. My goal is to strengthen your ability to design appropriate policy tools for rural development by enhancing your understanding of economic theory and its applications to rural households and by reviewing empirical findings.

The class starts with a framework to justify, design, and evaluate policy, grounded on economic theory. It goes on to cover an array of current problems in rural areas of developing countries and reviews policy instruments that have been applied to mitigate them. Throughout the review, special attention will be paid to how women are affected by these problems and by common policy interventions.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Diana Fletschner
Date: 10/13/2008