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Schedule

Please see the course syllabus or the introduction page for each unit for a list of the reading assignments.All assignments are released Mondays at 12am UTC (Universal Coordinated Time) and are due Sundays at 11:30 pm UTC. The final exam will also be released at 12 am on the specified date, and due at 11:30 pm on the specified due date. Note that homework assignments are due one week after they are released and finger exercises are due two weeks after they are released.

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Topic Dates Lectures Homework Due Date Finger Exercise Due Date
Introduction Sept 19 - Sept 25
  • Introduction I: Introduction to 14.74x
  • Introduction II: Poverty and Undernutrition
  • (Please complete Entrance Survey)
Sept 25 Oct 2

Nutrition and Productivity Sept 26 - Oct 2
  • Nutrition I: The Capacity Curve
  • Nutrition II: Elasticity of Nutrition
  • (Please complete Entrance Survey)
  • Optional Video: The Name of the Disease
Oct 2 Oct 9

Education Oct 3 - Oct 9
  • Education I: Benefits of Education
  • Education II: Schooling Decisions
Oct 9 Oct 16

Gender Oct 10 - Oct 16
  • Gender I: Human Subjects
  • Gender II: Household Bargaining and Gender
Oct 16 Oct 23

Insurance Oct 17 - Oct 23
  • Insurance I: How the Poor Deal with Risk
  • Insurance II: Mutual Insurance in the Village Economy
Oct 23 Oct 30

Land Oct 24 - Oct 30
  • Land I: Incentives and Effort
  • Land II: Limited Liability, Risk Aversion, and Property Rights
Oct 30 Nov 6

Credit Oct 31 - Nov 6
  • Credit I: Modeling the Credit Market
  • Credit II: Understanding Credit Constraints
  • Credit III: The Classic Microcredit Model
Nov 6 Nov 13

Savings Nov 7 - Nov 13
  • Savings: Behavioral Barriers to Savings
Nov 13 Nov 20

Public Finance Nov 14 - Nov 20
  • Public Finance I: Taxation
  • Public Finance II: Targeting
  • Public Finance III: Transparency
Nov 20 Nov 27

Political Economy Nov 21 - Nov 27
  • Political Economy I: Macro Determinants of Economic Development
  • Political Economy II: Micro Determinants of Economic Development
Nov 27 Dec 4

Corruption Nov 28 - Dec 4
  • Corruption I: Measuring and Modeling Corruption
  • Corruption II: Combating Corruption
(none) Dec 11

Final Exam Dec 7 (12am UTC)
  • (Please complete Exit Survey)
Dec 9 (11:30pm UTC)