International Development Policy

International Development Policy
Designing and evaluating policy in international development. Empirical evidence from randomized control trials, best practices in development policy, behavioral economics and models of behavior change, and design thinking.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesECON 110; or equivalent
 TaughtFall Contact Department
Course Outcomes

Evidence-based policy

  • Be familiar with current evidence-based research on what policies do and do not work in international development.

Credible evidence

  • Distinguish between credible and non-credible evidence of effective policy.

Sources for quality evidence

  • Access major portals of high quality research on policy effectiveness.

Expert economists

  • Know the economists who are doing state-of-the-art research on development policy.

Design thinking

  • Practice the steps of Design Thinking when developing new policy.

Behavioral economics

  • Use insights from behavioral economic theory to design better policy.


  • Evaluate policy and theory using randomized control trial methodology.