I started teaching in 2004 in the Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University. After years in development practice I wanted to engage with the next generation. All my teaching concerns tackling real development questions, but seeks to use theory and techniques to structure the analysis and interpretation.
In Harvard I teach in the Masters in Public Administration in International Development, a superb program for future development practitioners who want to combine rigorous technical training with engagement with practical issues. I co-teach and manage the first year case workshop, that seeks to take theory to real development issues and policy dilemmas, and the second year policy analysis, the capstone product of the MPAID that involves supervising students in the preparation of a substantial policy paper of their own.
Over the years, I have developed a set of cases, that seek to illustrate the application of theory to practice. I taught an adapted version of many of these when visiting professor at the Delhi School of Economics. There is a dearth of material of this kind. Here are examples from past teaching.
Education in India [pdf]
Property rights, credit and labor allocation – Peru [pdf]
Poverty concepts – Guatemala and Vietnam [pdf]
Are SubSaharan African countries in a Malthusian trap? The case of Mali [pdf]
High and Hyperinflation Determinants and Solutions [pdf]
Credibility and investment – Mexico and Chad [pdf]
The Big Push – Ethiopia [pdf]
Corporate governance and agency [pdf]
Decentralisation- China and Russia [pdf]
Innovation – Latin America [pdf]
Managing the commons – Colombia and Rajasthan [pdf]
Microfinance – the (first) crisis in Andhra Pradesh [pdf]
Poverty measurement and policy – Indonesia [pdf]
Social policies the labour market and growth – Mexico [pdf]
Private concessions – Latin America [pdf]Managing resource abundance – Kazakhstan [pdf] Risk management – India [pdf]