Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

Economic Development

Economic development is an umbrella term that involves fostering the economic conditions that bring people a certain level of material comfort and basic human dignity. Traditionally, economic development was thought to be propelled by the industrial revolution and technology boom. This introduced the shift from handmade to machine-made industry that spurred productivity and raised standards of living for some, but many still live in conditions of poverty. The issues are continually challenging and numerous, and they require creative, diverse solutions. How can we reimagine “development” to achieve a society where all can not only live with dignity, but also have the opportunity to flourish? Additionally, how can social innovation, entrepreneurship, infrastructure, and alternative economics improve quality of life and drive social equality?


Key Faculty & Staff


Student Groups

  • 180 Degrees Consulting | Contact: TBA
  • Redefine Her Street | Contact: Seimi Park '21 and Xinrui Yang '21
  • SWIFT | Contact: Jessica Hernandez ‘22 


Relevant Courses

Fall 2020

Fall 2019

Spring 2019


Bryn Mawr Fall 2019

  • ECON B225-001: Economic Development
  • ECON B324-001: Economics of Discrimination and Inequality
  • ECON B335-001: East Asian Development
  • ECON B395-001: Research Seminar in Economic Development 

Haverford Fall 2019

  • ECONH249A001: The Soviet System and Its Demise



On-Campus Opportunities

Off-Campus Opportunities



  • Connect with Swarthmore Student LOS projects
    • Harvest Circle, LOS project, Tyler Huntington ’18
    • SEE Initiative, Lang Center Scholarship, Fatima Boozarjomehri ’17
    • Hands Along the Nile, Nancy Awad ‘20
  • Other campus projects
    • Project Ké, health-care provision, Tyler Alexander ’17
    • Haiti: Hands On, Lamia Makkar ‘21
    • Chester Volunteer Council, Yi Wei ‘21