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Economic Growth and Development

MS&E 244
3 units
June 26 - August 19, 2017
Section 1   M, W  1:30PM - 3:20PM

What generates economic growth. Emphasis is on theory accompanied by intuition, illustrated with country cases. Topics: the equation of motion of an economy; optimal growth theory; calculus of variations and optimal control approaches; deriving the Euler and Pontriaguine equations from economic reasoning. Applications: former planned economies in Russia and E. Europe; the present global crisis: causes and consequences; a comparative study of India and China. The links between economic growth and civilization; the causes of the rise and decline of civilizations; lessons for the future. Intended for graduate students.


Multivariable calculus and permission of instructor. To receive permission, submit an application. 2017 application information coming soon.


  • Enrollment limited and determined by a separate application. Students must submit this application. If accepted, you will be given a permission number used to enroll in Axess. Permission numbers are issued on a rolling basis.
  • This course is offered as part of the Summer Intensive in International Management, and qualifies toward the Certificate of Completion in International Management.


MS&E 249 Syllabus - 2013