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Poverty and Inequality

Students in this specialization examine issues of economic growth, development, and inequality from an individual as well as national level. Possible career paths would include analyst for a non-profit advocacy group or development economist for an international agency.


Choose 3 from the following options:

  • ARE/ECN 115A: Economic Development
  • ARE/ECN 115B or ECN 115BY: Economic Development
  • ECN 117: Economics of International Immigration 
  • ECN 130: Public Microeconomics
  • ECN 133Y: Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy 
  • ECN 151B: Economics of Human Resources
  • ECN 167: Economic Development in Weak States (Previously ECN 190 with Rezaee)
  • ECN 190: Topics in Economics with Singhal


If you chose to follow one of these specializations, you will still need to satisfy the remaining major required coursework.

 *Please note, only ONE specialization track may be chosen.*