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Geography and the Deep Determinants of Economic Growth Lecture Plan

Lecture Objective: Introduce geography as a potentially deep determinant of growth and expose students to questions in the cutting edge of the field.


The lesson incorporates a few MRU videos about geography and growth from our Principles of Macroeconomics and Development Economics video courses. We also mix in discussion prompts, exercises, practice questions, graphs and charts, and pre- and post-class assignments. Finally, we provide supplementary resources such as additional data sources, relevant news articles and blog posts, and two podcast episodes.

The lecture can be paired with any intro textbook, but is based on a chapter from Modern Principles of Economics by Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok.

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