International and Development Economics (IDE) Concentration

International and Development Economics (IDE) faculty and graduate students are very active in Cornell’s international and development economics community, and work in a wide variety of areas, including:

  • Distributional and welfare impact of growth, especially on poor and marginalized people
  • Agricultural development and food policy
  • Emerging markets
  • Environmental consequences of growth on nations, households, and communities

General Program Structure – 30 credits


  • Statistics or BTRY 6010 – Statistical Methods I (4 credits)
  • Intermediate microeconomics or AEM 5600 – Managerial Economics (4 credits)
  • Undergraduate calculus or “Math camp for MBA’s” (or Khan Academy)

Required Coursework

  • Quantitative and computational methods (6 credits)

-Econometrics/marketing research and computational methods

  • Global Citizenship AEM 5305 and Management Communications AEM 6940(2.5 credits)
  • Core coursework specific to each concentration (9 credits)
  • Problem-solving project (6 credits)

Elective Coursework (3-6 credits)

  • Courses must be relevant and approved by your concentration leader

Concentration Requirements

Select 3 courses:

  • AEM 6050 – Agriculture Finance and Development
  • AEM 6300 – Policy Analysis:  Welfare Theory, Agriculture, and Trade
  • AEM 4450 – Toward a Sustainable Global Food System: Food Policy for Developing Countries
  • AEM 6125 – Impact Evaluation in Developing Countries
  • AEM 4880 – Global Food, Energy, and Water Nexus – Engage the US, China and India for Sustainability
  • AEM 6600 – Natural Resources and Economic Development

In addition to the general MPS requirements, students can choose from a range of electives taken from appropriate courses numbered 4000 or higher, as approved by the student’s advisor.