Kenneth Harttgen: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2022

Name Dr. Kenneth Harttgen
Professur für Entwicklungsökonomie
ETH Zürich, CLD B 10.1
Clausiusstrasse 37
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 98 25
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences

865-0003-00LDevelopment Economics Restricted registration - show details
Only for MAS in Development and Cooperation.
3 credits3GK. Harttgen, I. Günther
AbstractThis course is an introduction to theoretical and empirical discussions on economic development, with a focus on the challenges of developing countries over the last 50 years. The course provides answers to the following questions: How can and should development be measured? What factors drive economic growth and contribute to poverty reduction?
ObjectiveStudents are able to
- critically discuss economic questions in the context of developing countries
- critically discuss policy recommendations for economic development.
Content- measurement of development, poverty and inequality,
- growth theories
- trade and development
- education, health, population and development
- states and institutions
- economic policies for economic growth and poverty reduction
- economics of development aid
865-0008-00LPolicy Evaluation and Applied Statistics Restricted registration - show details
MAS ETH in Development and Cooperation students have priority for admission. Interested students can apply to be placed on the waiting list and will be informed about a possible admission by the program coordinators within the first week after the start of lectures.
3 credits2GI. Günther, K. Harttgen, K. Schneider
AbstractThis course introduces students to key methods for quantitative policy impact evaluation and covers the different stages of the research process. Acquired skills are applied in a self-selected project applying experimental methods. Students also learn how to perform simple statistical analyses with the statistical Software R.
- know strategies to test causal hypotheses using experimental methods and regression analysis.
- are able to formulate and implement a research design for a particular policy question and a particular type of data.
- are able to critically read and assess published studies on policy evaluation.
- are able to use the statistical software R for data analysis.
- can apply all the steps involved in a policy impact evaluation.
ContentPolicy impact evaluation employs a wide variety of research methods, such as statistical analysis of secondary data, surveys or laboratory and field experiments. The course will begin with an overview of the various methodological approaches, including their advantages and disadvantages and the conditions under which their use is appropriate. It will continue with a discussion of the different stages of a policy impact evaluation, including hypothesis generation, formulating a research design, measurement, sampling, data collection and data analysis. For data analysis, linear regression models will be revised, with a focus on difference-in-difference methods, regression discontinuity design and randomized controlled trials used for policy evaluation. Students, who already have a solid background in these methods can skip these sessions.

Throuhgout the course, students will work on a self-selected project on a suitable topic. In addition, students will have to solve bi-weekly assignments.
865-0065-00LVET between Poverty Alleviation and Economic Development
Only for MAS/CAS in Development and Cooperation students, as well as specialists with at least 24 months of practical experience in international cooperation.

ETH doctoral students working on topics related to poverty reduction in low- and middle income countries may also be admitted.

Registration only through the NADEL administration office.
2 credits3GK. Harttgen, F. Kehl, M. Maurer
AbstractThe course aims at strengthening the capacity in portfolio management for VET, skills development and active labor market policies. It deals with basic issues and challenges of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Developing Countries. In view of the many of school leavers VET has to place itself between the contradicting intensions of quality education and short-term training interventions.
ObjectiveThe participants are able to
- Assess project proposals and ongoing project regarding their relevance and suitability in the specific country context
- Explain strengths and weaknesses of the opposing approaches "dual apprenticeship" and "competency based training" as well as synergies and incompatibilities between the two
- Describe the competent use of tools currently applied in VET
Content• Basic concepts and terms
• Differences and commonalities between VET and neighboring systems
• Planning, assessment of VET interventions with different objectives: economic development, poverty alleviation, creation of self-employment or systems development
• VET as a cooperation system of stakeholders with different duties, interests and competencies
• Background, potential use and limitations of (national) qualification frameworks
• Half-day visit to important actors of the Swiss VET landscape
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents of the course must fulfil requirements specified on the homepage of NADEL. Electronic registration may be done only after registration with NADEL secretariate.
865-0069-00LHealth and Development Restricted registration - show details
Only for MAS in Development and Cooperation.
2 credits2GK. Harttgen
AbstractThe following topics will be discussed: Basic principles of epidemiology and global burden of disease distribution, Health systems and health system strengthening including economic aspects and health insurance, communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases, mother and child health, non-communicable diseases and transition in health in LAMICs
ObjectiveThis course aims at providing a public health driven overview on most important topics related to health and health care in low- and middle-income countries (LAMICs). After the module participants shall have broad understanding of challenges for health, health care and health systems in LAMICs. They shall be able to discuss more in depth some major global health topics, such as health systems, transition in health, malaria, neglected tropical diseases and HIV/AIDS. The course will provide an insight into current strategies and approaches addressing major global health topics.