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Cambridge Global Challenges


This programme aims to equip non-economists working on issues of international development to engage better with economists and policy-makers on economic matters. Participants will learn how to identify, understand, apply, discuss, and if necessary challenge economics in development.

Policymakers tend to love economists. This is partly because they support decision making around trade-offs and the allocation of scarce resources, but also because they offer unambiguous answers to policy questions. Despite the fact that these answers do not always prove to be correct, this has granted economics significant power to shape development policy.

This unique course offers a stimulating, interactive, and entertaining introduction to the world of development economics. It equips those who work in international development to: better understand economic theories, models, and jargon; differentiate ‘good’ from ‘bad’ economics; draw on different strands of economics for their own work; integrate economics with other research traditions and techniques; and challenge economic thinking more fruitfully when necessary. As well as being fun (yes, really…), the course relates debates and approaches in economics (including emerging, cutting-edge practices) to the challenges those working in international development face today as they seek to realise the Sustainable Development Goals.


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Monday, 15 January, 2018 - 09:00 to Friday, 19 January, 2018 - 17:00
Event location: 
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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