IZA/FCDO G²LM|LIC ONLINE Development Economics Course
January 15, 2024 - March 18, 2024
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IZA/FCDO G²LM|LIC ONLINE Development Economics Course

January 15, 2024 - March 18, 2024
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Organizers: Oriana Bandiera (London School of Economics and IZA), Annabelle Krause-Pilatus (IZA)
Submission Deadline: November 12, 2023
Notification of Acceptance: December 01, 2023
Event Manager: Viola Hartmann



We are happy to announce that the IZA/FCDO Programme on Gender, Growth and Labor Markets in Low-Income Countries (G²LM|LIC) is sponsoring the ONLINE EVENT: "Development Economics Course", January 15 - March 18, 2024.

This course addresses the question of why fundamentally equal humans living in different countries enjoy very different standards of living. The aim of this course is to make the very latest research in economics on these issues accessible to anyone who is sufficiently curious about it. It is modeled after the award-winning undergraduate development course at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and, like its model, it is entirely based on research articles.

The course is designed for undergraduate students, but we can accept applications from grad/post-grad students and employees from the public and private sector as well. It is open to all residents of African and Asian countries on this list. A basic knowledge of economics, statistics, mathematics is useful but there are no prerequisites other than a deep clear curiosity about the subject. Our goal is to open a window on the world of research, and to give students a glimpse of what economics can do. The language of instruction is English. The course is free of charge for the participants.

The course is structured as follows and runs for 10 weeks from January 15 to March 18, 2024. Every week there will be a one-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial. The lectures will be live on zoom in weeks 1 and 10, and on video in weeks 2-9. The tutorials will be live on zoom in weeks 2-9. Participants will be assigned to a small group with whom you will attend the tutorial every week. We expect readings and problem sets to take between 2 and 8 hours per week. All live sessions will take place between 7am-12noon UK time.

PLEASE NOTE: This course was previously announced for September - November 2023. Due to circumstances we didn’t have any influence on, we needed to move the dates of the course.


Oriana Bandiera (London School of Economics and IZA)
Robin Burgess (London School of Economics)

Teaching Assistants

Michelle Rao (PhD Student, LSE) – Head Teaching Assistant
Ignacio Banares-Sanchez (PhD Student, LSE)
Anton Heil (PhD Student, LSE)
Gabriel Leite Mariante (PhD Student, LSE)
Jack Thiemel (PhD Student, LSE)


Applications should be uploaded via the online application form above by November 10, 2023.
The Programme Committee will aim to communicate its decisions to the applicants by December 1, 2023.


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