Development Economics: Macroeconomics 14.772 Lecture 1: Finance, Growth, and Volatility

This course emphasizes dynamic models of growth and development. Topics covered include: migration, modernization, and technological change; static and dynamic models of political economy; the dynamics of income distribution and institutional change; firm structure in developing countries; development, transparency, and functioning of financial markets; privatization; and banks and credit market institutions in emerging markets.

At MIT, this course was team taught by Prof. Robert Townsend, who taught for the first half of the semester, and Prof. Abhijit Banerjee, who taught during the second half. On OCW we are only including materials associated with sessions one through 13, which comprise the first half of the class. 

Prof. Townsend introduces the course to the students, explains the syllabus, and covers the topics of finance, growth, and volatility.

Instructor: Prof. Robert M. Townsend
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