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Re: Should I get an advanced degree in Econ if I want to learn how to develop?
Econ Ph.D. is the most useful program in development economics field, since you can place yourself inside academia as well as outside academia (ex. intergovernmental organization, think tank and other NGOs). Also, If you want to be a scholar in the development front (ex. Banerjee, Duflo, Karlan), then Econ Ph.D. is must.
Otherwise, there are other graduate programs which are still useful in development area. A lot of economists with non-econ degree (ex. public policy, information science, etc.) are conducting researches and publishing papers. If you are more interested in field work than in theories, then non-econ programs are also great options to consider.