This course surveys what we do and don't know about economic growth and poverty alleviation in developing countries. We begin by discussing alternative perspectives on the goals of development. The substantive sections of the course address specific topics relevant to developing countries, such as: technology and growth; international trade and investment; international migration and remittances; coping with risk; public health and education; corruption and governance; and public finance.
Professor of Public Policy and Economics; Research Professor, Populations Studies Center
Yang's research is on the economic problems of developing countries. His specific areas of interest include: international migration, microfinance, health, corruption, political economy, and the economics of disasters. He teaches a Ford School course on the economics of developing countries, as well as a PhD course in development economics.