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For more information, contact the BREAD Summer School Coordinator, Courtney Umberger, via email at


BREAD/Banff International Research Station Summer School in Development Economics



The Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), in conjunction with the Banff International Research Station, would like to announce a summer school in development economics for Ph.D. students, post-docs, and recent graduates. The summer school will be offered June 25 - July 1, 2005 in Alberta, Canada and will introduce students to the main concepts in analytical development economics—methodological, theoretical, and empirical—as well as to a variety of statistical and modeling tools.

Lecturers | Topics | To Apply | Cost | Scholarships | FAQs

Lecturers will include:

  • Abhijit Banerjee (MIT)
  • Robin Burgess (LSE)
  • Esther Duflo (MIT)
  • Andrew Foster (Brown)
  • Michael Kremer (Harvard)
  • Dilip Mookherjee (Boston University)
  • Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard)
  • Rohini Pande (Yale)
  • Duncan Thomas (UCLA)

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Topics to be covered will include:

  • Statistical Techniques for Project Evaluation and Causal Inference
  • Methodologies for Collecting Field Data
  • Human Capital: Nutrition, Health, and Education
  • Population
  • Technology
  • Gender and the Family
  • Credit Markets
  • Land Markets
  • Political Economy: Corruption, Elections, Ethnic Divisions

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To Apply:

Applicants should submit the following items via email to the BREAD Summer School Coordinator, Courtney Umberger (, before the March 20, 2005 application deadline:

  • CV
  • Unofficial transcript (i.e., list of graduate school courses and grades)
  • Letter of recommendation from your advisor or a faculty member
  • One-page letter describing your background and interest in the course

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Program Cost:

Participants are responsible for the cost of travel and $1,000 program fee. Food and accommodation will be generously provided by the organizers. A limited number of scholarships are available to cover the program fee and to help defray travel costs. Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on merit and need.

Summer school applicants are encouraged to apply to their universities for funds and to check with their department chairs about funding options.

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For those applicants who are unable to procure university funding and who wish to apply for a fee waiver, the following documents should be submitted along with the application:

  • Copy of a letter to your department chair requesting funds and response

Applicants wishing to apply for a fee waiver and travel compensation should also include:

  • Letter from a graduate coordinator or other administrator certifying financial need

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- Who should apply?

The summer school is primarily intended for graduate students or recent graduates from PhD programs in economics. However, we will consider applications from master and PhD students in public policy, as long as they have a strong preparation in micro-economics and econometrics.

- Should I apply if I have already taken a development class?

Yes. You will have the opportunity to get different perspectives and to get to know prominent researchers in the field. You will hear specialists talk about every topic, so even if you have been exposed to the topics before, you will increase your knowledge of development in this class.

- Should I apply if I have never taken a development class?

Yes. This is your opportunity to get an introduction to the field and glean research ideas. As long as you have taken microeconomics and econometrics, you will be fine!

- Is there a detailed curriculum?

Not yet, since every faculty lecturer will be free to design the best class for their respective topics. But you should refer to the list of topics to see what will be taught.

- Can I apply if I do not have a research topic yet?

Certainly. You may even get one out of the summer school....

- I already have a research topic. What will I gain?

It depends how far along you are. Students who are already working on a topic or thinking about a topic will have the opportunity to present their work and get feedback. Faculty will also hold office hours.

- What will be the typical daily schedule?

There will be two lectures per day, and time for student presentations and discussion, as well as ample time to enjoy Banff and talk with faculty.

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