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Welcome to the Humphrey Fellowship website on Development Economics. A partnership between Duke University’s Center for International Development, the United States Department of State’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, and the Institute for International Education (IIE), this interactive toolkit aims to empower practitioners around the world, allowing them to understand how they fit into their country’s overall development.

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Why Development Economics?

Understanding the core principles of economics is critical to sustainable and long-term development. Whether you are working on health, education, infrastructure, or governance, your work fits into a larger story of economic development. Healthier workers are more productive, smarter business owners are more entrepreneurial, better roads open new markets, and more efficient government helps coordinate disparate initiatives. Economics provides a unifying framework that helps us understand how intersecting policies will influence the choices of individuals and businesses. We use these frameworks to generate valuable evidence so policymakers and practitioners can make smarter decisions about where to invest precious resources and, most importantly, improve lives.

Explore & Learn

This toolkit’s content has been curated and designed by experts at Duke University’ Center for International Development. While you review the toolkit’s four interactive modules, make sure to explore the external links to real-world data, expert videos with Duke faculty, and many other resources.

Module Content

Development Economics Applications

Review different types of policies that governments use to support development and learn about the evidence behind different policies