Greetings from the Director and Director of Graduate Studies

Since its inception in 1955, Yale University's Master's degree program in International and Development Economics (IDE) has awarded degrees to over 700 students from more than 70 different countries. The program, which is administered by the Economic Growth Center on behalf of Yale's Department of Economics, is designed to provide rigorous academic training to students whose careers are or will be in the area of economic development or international economics.

The global economic environment has become increasingly complex and poses a myriad of new challenges for policy makers and professionals in all fields. Change in both the political and economic arenas has been rapid, and policy makers must be able to respond quickly and appropriately to new conditions. The ability to respond requires that leaders have a detailed understanding of the economic forces that affect economic growth, influence international trade, and shape the world. The curriculum of the IDE program is designed to help students develop a solid core of analytic skills that will be of value in meeting such challenges in subsequent professional work.  While the IDE program does not have a research component, such as a thesis requirement, it is designed to produce graduates who are aware of, and able to process, leading edge academic and policy research.

IDE students are diverse, and the background of the students has evolved over the years.  In the past, many of the students entering the IDE program were early career professionals in the public or private sectors in developing countries. In the past five years, however, approximately three-quarters of each class come directly to Yale from undergraduate schools and have little or no work experience. The remaining one-quarter of students have some graduate training and/or early career experience.  While the majority of IDE students are from non-developed countries, students from the U.S. and other developed countries who have a strong interest in international and development economics have contributed to and benefited from the program. We encourage applications from all countries and from all post-baccalaureate backgrounds.  Graduates of the program go in many directions; some opt to pursue further graduate education such as a Ph.D. or professional degree.  Others return to jobs in their funding agencies, such as government ministries, planning agencies, and central banks.  Others pursue jobs in private firms and think tanks, as well as the larger policy and research organizations such as the UN, the World Bank, IFPRI, and the IMF, in addition to NGOs around the world.

There are two joint degree options that are available to students in addition to the regular IDE program: the joint IDE program with the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and the joint IDE program with the School of Public Health.  Application to the School of F&ES or the School of Public Health must be made simultaneously with the application to the IDE program.  Admission to these joint programs is determined by the participating professional school and must be obtained prior to beginning the program.  Joint-degree students earn the Master of Arts degree in IDE and the Master of Environmental Studies (F&ES) or the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.  The IDE program is expected to be completed in one academic year, and there are no provisions for part-time study.

Finally, while a significant fraction of IDE students continue their academic training to obtain further degrees, the program is not intended as a gateway to Yale's Ph.D. Program in Economics.  While IDE students have gone on to Ph.D. programs in other schools and departments at Yale, we encourage graduates who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics to do so at another university.  Of course, students who desire to obtain a Ph.D. in Economics are encouraged to apply to the Ph.D. program offered by Yale's Department of Economics.

Dean Karlan, Director & Michael Boozer, DGS
June 2015



International and Development Economics Program
Yale University
P.O. Box 208269
New Haven, CT 06520-8269
Tel: (203) 432-3610
Fax: (203) 432-3898

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