Development Courses

ECON 492: The Development Incubator Class

This 1 credit course aims to engage students in empirical research and innovation in development economics and impact evaluation. Mentored learning will be offered under the direction of gui2de affiliate James Habyarimana and gui2de co-director Billy Jack. Students will learn about experimental methods of impact evaluation, project management, survey design and implementation, and data analysis. They will also work in small teams to design innovative solutions to development challenges that might include mobile apps, engineering solutions, information campaigns, social marketing interventions, and more, and that could later be tested in the field. The incubator will meet for one session each week on Fridays, 11:00am – 12:15pm. Admission is restricted to junior and senior undergraduates, and to masters students. Seating is limited, and admittance will be determined by the professors to ensure a suitable mix across schools and programs.