The international fight against poverty is more data driven than ever before. Producing and understanding rigorous evidence has become increasingly critical for those seeking to affect change globally, but opportunities to acquire these skills remain limited. As the first master’s program to be offered by MIT’s Department of Economics, the master's program in Data, Economics, and Design of Policy (DEDP) is designed to meet this rising demand. Jointly run by the Economics Department and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the program equips development professionals from across the globe with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to tackle some of the world's most pressing challenges.
Our program draws students with a wide range of backgrounds. Whether they focus on policy, practice, or further academic study, our graduates go on to impactful careers in the development sector and government.