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New Undergraduate Course Supplement 2022

ECON 70.04 Human Development in Peru

Peru, like many developing countries, is struggling to lift the income level of a vast part of its population. At the same time, economic progress is often achieved at the cost of environmental degradation. This course studies the drivers of under-development with an emphasis in finding avenues to achieve simultaneously economic and environmental progress. To explore this overarching theme, we will explore a broad range of topics which include (but are not limited to) (i) the informal economy, (ii) the rural-urban divide, (iii) underdevelopment and the environment and (iv) tourism. In addition to reading and discussing the literature on these topics, we will approach them via projects that students design and implement. Projects can have either a research goal or an operational one. In the latter case, the successful implementation of the project will have a positive impact on some local community in Peru.

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