The Challenges of Global Poverty

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This course is part of the MITx MicroMasters program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP). To audit this course, click “Enroll Now” in the green button at the top of this page.

To enroll in the MicroMasters track or to learn more about this program and how it integrates with MIT’s new blended Master’s degree, go to MITx’s MicroMasters portal.

This is a course for those who are interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty, and are hopeful that economists might have something useful to say about this challenge. The questions we will take up include: Is extreme poverty a thing of the past? What is economic life like when living under a dollar per day? Are the poor always hungry? How do we make schools work for poor citizens? How do we deal with the disease burden? Is microfinance invaluable or overrated? Without property rights, is life destined to be "nasty, brutish and short"? Shou...

This course is part of the MITx MicroMasters program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP). To audit this course, click “Enroll Now” in the green button at the top of this page.

To enroll in the MicroMasters track or to learn more about this program and how it integrates with MIT’s new blended Master’s degree, go to MITx’s MicroMasters portal.

This is a course for those who are interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty, and are hopeful that economists might have something useful to say about this challenge. The questions we will take up include: Is extreme poverty a thing of the past? What is economic life like when living under a dollar per day? Are the poor always hungry? How do we make schools work for poor citizens? How do we deal with the disease burden? Is microfinance invaluable or overrated? Without property rights, is life destined to be "nasty, brutish and short"? Should we leave economic development to the market? Should we leave economic development to non-governmental organizations (NGOs)? Does foreign aid help or hinder? Where is the best place to intervene? And many others.

At the end of this course, you should have a good sense of the key questions asked by scholars interested in poverty today, and hopefully a few answers as well.

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Francois Mbonyinshuti

8/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 9 months ago
Very interesting course...It embrace the dilema of current barrier to global economic progress. I really appreciate not only the course content but also the profile of Instructors. I expect to get a relavant package of knowledge and skills.
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Philbert Nshimiyimana

4/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 9 months ago
Having a look on both contents and people with expertise in economics and a poverty alleviation, I felt interested in this course aiming at understanding challenges in global poverty in order to set measures to confront it. Through this set teaching methodology I do believe we will earn more for positively changing our community.
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Juliet Ajilong

8/10 starsTaking Now
2 years ago
The course content looks pretty good and interesting, the instructor i have not interacted with any one yet but they seem and look great,the provider is well placed because i see all what is needed here well prepared.
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Basil Ogbozor

9/10 starsCompleted
3 years ago
Initially, before deciding to enrol in the course, I had wondered how a course could effectively articulate a topic as vast and emotional as global poverty. That curiosity largely prodded me on as the course lasted till I completed it successfully. My experience - I would say, like no other, intriguing!Like a movie, the instructors artfully guide one on an excursion through the private, silent world of "the wretched of the earth" across the four corners of the globe. It encapsulates the strategies and peculiar economic theories and practices upon which the lives of the poor and their daily survival depend. It also throws up the urgent need for an accelerated, global conversation on the menace of global poverty and how best to confront it scientifically in our 21st century.
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3 years, 2 months ago
Excellent content, and high-level of discussions. Despite of not being able to join the course on time to guarantee a verified certificate, the available content and tool allowed me to catch up and follow the discussions.
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3 years, 4 months ago
Seeing Esther and Abhijit facilitating the course takes alot, read their book poor economics and was part of the course Evaluating Social projects in 2014, this course will be explosive do not miss it!
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Ruby Starheart

9/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
This is an excellent course. There is work to do each week, so it is interactive and enables you to really get involved with the subjects and learn. I had done no economics prior to the course and so certain parts were challenging, but I persevered and it was really worthwhile - I learned how economics affects every part of our lives. There were some additional resources to help with the economics. I would highly recommend this course.
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Antonella Bancalari

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
It is an amazing opportunity to undertake a course lectured by two of the best development economists of the world. Life-changing experience!
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Patricia L

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
Excellent in all aspects of the course content. Quite a bit of work, but stay with it and you will learn from first-rate instructors on such a vital topic. I took this course and it has changed my perception of global life.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 5 months ago
The smartest freely available educational resource I've seen about development economics, from two of the leaders in the field. Systematically covers the most important aspects about the lives of the poor from a grassroots level, not anecdotally but thoroughly and quantitatively. Puts important emphasis both on rigor (without unnecessary complication) and on policy implications.
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