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BECO 1865A - MAJOR ECO II - Introduction to Political Economy

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course will be organized around a series of topics: starting with the economic analysis of electoral turnout and voting decision, it will then focus on the selection and motivations of politicians and their impact on public policy, and on questions such as political accountability and corruption; it will then examine the role of mass media and its impact on electoral politics and policy-making, as well as the issue of political distortions through examples such as patronage politics, lobbying, and political connections; finally, it will discuss issues related to crime, conflict and violence, as well as the origins, persistence and impact of political institutions. The course will be primarily based on the reading of recent research papers and the in-depth discussion of their theories, methods, and results. There are no pre-requisites; however, previous exposure to economics courses and familiarity with quantitative methods are desirable.


DURANTE, Ruben (Assistant professor)

Required reading

Besley, T. Principled Agents: the Political Economy of Good Government, Oxford University Press, 2006

Additional required reading

  • Persson, T. e G. Tabellini, Political Economics: Explaining Economic Outcomes, MIT Press, 2000
  • Persson, Torsten and Guido Tabellini, The Economic Effects of Constitutions, MIT Press, 2003