Have you ever wondered what keeps scholars dealing with global poverty awake at night? Can economists offer solutions? Can any one learn how to engage with this challenge?
At MIT, Dr. Abhijit Banerjee, currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, and Dr. Esther Duflo, the Abdul Lateef Jamil Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development in the Department of Economics, will offer a course starting on February 12th 2013, entitled 14.73x: The Challenges of Global Poverty, through MIT’s EdX initiative.
Objective of the Course: educate participants in the following crucial contexts, among others:
- How relevant is extreme global poverty today?
- Are the poor always hungry?
- What does life with less than a dollar-a-day look like?
- How can schools be made to work for the global poor?
- Is microfinance a boon or a burden?
- Should NGOs (Non-governmental organizations) be responsible for economic development?
- Foreign aid – does it help or does it hinder?
The course ‘14.73x: The Challenges of Global Poverty’ is part of MIT’s courses listed under MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses). This means anybody anywhere, across the globe, can register for this course.
Who are the Professors?
Dr. Esther Duflo: educated at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and at MIT, Dr. Duflo has several accolades for her brilliant contributions to the field of economics. She won the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal for the best American economist under 40 in 2010 and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2009. The Economist recognizes her as one of the best young 8 economists, Foreign Policy identifies her as one of the top 100 influential thinkers, and Fortune magazine calls her one of the top business leaders in the world today.
Dr. Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee: educated at the University of Calcutta and the Jawaharlal Nehru University in India and at Harvard University, Dr. Banerjee has been a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a former president of the Bureau for Research in the Economic Analysis of Development, a Guggenheim Fellow, and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. He has won several awards, including the inaugural Infosys Prize 2009. He has also been advisor to the World Bank and the government of India.
Dr. Banerjee and Dr. Duflo collaborated with Prof. Sendhil Mullainathan of Harvard University and founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab in 2003. Their book, Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2011.
Length of Course: 15 weeks
Course Material: Free Textbook/materials
Final Exam: Yes
Certificate: Received after successful completion of course
Language of Instruction: English
More details, including registration, are available at: https://www.edx.org/courses/MITx/14.73x/2013_Spring/about
The 14.73x: The Challenges of Global Poverty course will be an excellent opportunity for people interested in the cause of global poverty as they engage with leading scholars in the field and learn about the issues, problems, and possible solutions to the world’s most pressing challenge.
– Mantra Roy