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Economics 70 China
Various Locations, China (Outgoing w/Side Trips Program)
Program Terms: Fall
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Dartmouth applicants only
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Target Language: English Lodging Options: Flat/Apartment, Hotel
Enrollment: 20
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Program Description:

Program Overview

Econ 70 – Immersion Experience in Applied Economics and Policy

This course provides students with a background into the topic of study and uses class time to prepare for the research to be done off-campus, including time for orientation to prepare students to travel and live off-campus. In addition, these student-driven research projects will provide students with an opportunity to build teamwork, leadership and communication skills, as well as provide them with research experience.

Section 1 – Inclusive Growth in China

Ec70 China will study inclusive growth in China from three distinct perspectives: the aggregate, the company and the people.

The aggregate/macro level will inform us about the economic mechanisms that are driving growth and inequality and how the policies and institutions are impacting them.

From a company perspective, we will investigate how they operate in China.

Finally, people are what ultimately we care about as social scientists. Therefore, we will make a central goal of the off-campus portion of Ec70 to meet the local population and understand how their aspirations and livelihoods adapt to the new country  they face every day.


Faculty Director
2015 Fall: Professor Diego Comin 

(Must be registered in the Economics 70 course for fall term 2016)

The immersion experience on inclusive growth in China shall attain the following educational objectives:
--Provide in-depth perspective on how to conduct business in emerging economies
--Study in the field drivers of growth and competitiveness of a developing economy
--Explore the challenges and opportunities of the Chinese economy
--Examine the balance between development and preservation of the environment
--Study the aspirations, preferences and attitudes of Chinese students
--Evaluate the technological sophistication of Chinese technology vs. US.
  The lessons from the study of companies will contribute to the understanding of whether certain sectors can be the engines of inclusive growth for the country as a whole. The China immersion experience will pay special attention to entrepreneurship, banking, manufacturing and consumer services among others. We will examine whether these sectors can sustain the growth of China in the coming decades. Though all students will participate in activities that will help us better understand the opportunities and constraints to inclusive growth in China, each student team will obtain an initial understanding on this broad issue from the perspective of one project topic. At the end of the immersion experience, each team will present its findings.

Student Life

Students will be housed in furnished apartments and hotels during this two week period.

Financial Information

All costs associated with the travel portion of the course will be covered for students on financial aid. Students not receiving Dartmouth financial aid will be expected to cover the cost of their transportation to/from China. Round trip airfare to/from China is expected to be $1,200 or less. All other program costs, including lodging and meals, will be covered by the program. Students should plan to bring a limited amount of spending money (~$200) to cover the cost of incidentals such as drinks and snacks, souvenirs, and meals while in transit.

This program is currently not accepting applications.