Course description

This course is intended as an introduction to the economics of low income countries. It focuses on the policies and constraints to promoting growth and development.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to understand the nature of poverty and how it is measured.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to understand how economic growth is measured and how this correlates to alternative measures of development.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to understand the structural changes in the economy that occur as a country increases per capita income.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to understand the leading economic models explaining these changes.

Outcome 5: Students will become familiar with competing views of how economic policy can best promote economic growth and development.

Outcome 6: Students will be able to understand how linkages to the international economy can promote or hinder the process of economic growth and development.

Daily recorded lecture to watch prior to each class. Expect readings, listening to podcasts, two individual assignments, and self-guided group work in addition to regular meeting times.


ECON 1110, ECON 1120, or comparable introductory courses in Microeconomic Theory

Summer 2024: Online course

Joanna Upton
Joanna Upton
Research associate, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University

Student experiences

"It was a truly immersive experience filled with amazing people and amazing unforgettable summer."
"The group discussions helped me broaden my thoughts about economics and poverty, and the professor often told us about her own experiences in developing countries, which brought me closer to the topics we are discussing… It was a great intro to college life."