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The MPA/ID Program requires two years (four terms) of full-time study at HKS. The first year is dedicated to courses especially designed for this program, which introduce students to the main economic, quantitative, political, and managerial tools needed by analysts and leaders in the area of development. A chronological listing of the MPA/ID Core Courses and degree requirements is available from the Office of the Registrar.
MPA/ID core courses are taught by our top professors. In the first year, MPA/ID students can expect to be taught by an experienced team including professors Andrews, Campante, Frankel, Khwaja, Pande, Pritchett, and Walton. The rigorous core of required courses includes the following course sequences:
These complementary courses enable the students to combine high-level economic and empirical analysis with a sophisticated understanding of institutional realities and possibilities.
Professor Rohini Pande is an economist and Co- Director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD). Her research examines how the design of democratic institutions and government regulation affects policy outcomes and citizen well-being, especially in South Asia. Her work emphasizes the use of real-world evidence to test economic models, often through large-scale field experiments in developing countries.
Professor Pande co-teaches MPA/ID core course PED-101 Economic Development: Theory, Evidence, and Policy Design.
In a Faculty Working Paper titled "Does Religion Affect Economic Growth and Happiness? Evidence from Ramadan," Felipe Campante and David Yanagizawa-Drott, professors of public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School, conclude, "[Evidence] suggests that SWB [subjective well being] increased not only due to possible direct benefits of the practices itself (socialization, time devoted to prayer and reflection, time spent with family and friends), but also to a reduced focus on the material and monetary aspects in life and work. In light of such a possibility, it may not be that puzzling that longer Ramadan fasting makes people 'poorer, but happier.”
Professor Campante teaches an MPA/ID core macroeconomics course, API-119; his research has focused on corruption, governance, polarization, fiscal policy, and political instability.