The McCourt School of Public Policy Master in International Development Policy (MIDP) hosted Stefan Derconprofessor of economic policy at the University of Oxford, for a seminar on his latest book, which draws on his academic research and policy experience spanning three decades and more than 40 countries. Professor Dercon described how the failures of markets, governments and politics keep some countries and people impoverished while others find political ‘markets’ that allow elites to thrive even as politics and public institutions provide welfare gains to the poor.
After the lecture, the Dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy Maria Cancian moderated a discussion with Professor Dercon, Dean of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Joel Hellman and Provost Distinguished Associate Professor Jacques Habyarimanawho teaches international social development policy in the MIDP program.
“Professor Dercon uses his wealth of experience to build a compelling framework for improving development effectiveness, both in countries that have already reached the necessary agreements and in those that have not,” said Franck Wiebeacademic director of McCourt’s MIDP program.
“Our close collaboration with guideGeorgetown Development Research Center, enables MIDP students to work closely with leading faculty and interact with world-class development experts, such as Professor Dercon, who regularly attends its series of seminars,” he said. “Our students learn how to generate and understand rigorous evidence, but most importantly, they also learn how to use that evidence to make development more effective.”
The MIDP program offers many unique opportunities, including core courses taught by top McCourt teachers with developmental interests, school funding for summer internships in developing countriesand client-capstone projects offering hands-on experiential learning opportunities in development.