A Dream Experiment in Development Economics

31 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2012 Last revised: 20 May 2013

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Prakarsh Singh

Amherst College - Department of Economics

Alexa Russo

Amherst College

Date Written: November 15, 2012


In this paper, we discuss a unique project carried out by 13 teams of four students each in the undergraduate Development Economics class during the Spring semester in 2012 at a private Liberal Arts College. The goal of the "Dream Experiment" was to think of an idea that promotes development, employs concepts from development economics, uses a real-world situation from a developing country and has implications for policy if the experiment goes ahead. We present details of the project s modus operandi, provide a case study as an example and highlight lessons for economics pedagogy.

JEL Classification: A22, O16

Suggested Citation

Singh, Prakarsh and Russo, Alexa, A Dream Experiment in Development Economics (November 15, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2182287 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2182287

Prakarsh Singh (Contact Author)

Amherst College - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
United States
413-542-2271 (Phone)

Alexa Russo

Amherst College

Amherst, MA 01002
United States

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