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KAFP 3340 - Political Economy

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English, French



Course Description

This course is a presentation of advance theory and empirics in political economy. The following subjects will be covered: introduction to modern political economy ; models of voting and elections ; rational voter, voter biases, media ; collective action, lobbying, and political connections ; non-democratic politics ; corruption ; economic effects of constitutions (and of democratizations) ; instutions and growth ; regulation ; redistribution ; civil conflicts and economic performance ; cultural economics.


  • ALGAN, Yann (Full Professor of Economics at Sciences Po)
  • LE BIHAN, Patrick G. (Assistant Professor in Tenure Track)
  • VILLEDIEU, Pierre P. (Etudiant doctorant)

Course validation

One “referee report” during the semester and a final exam on an assigned topic. A referee report is a 2 pages comment/criticism of one of the papers (marked with an asterisk) on the reading list. The report is due on the day for which the reading is scheduled. Weights: referee reports 30%, final exam: 70%.

Required reading

  • Persson and Tabellini, 2000, Political Economics: Explaining Economic Policy, MIT Press
  • Weingast, Barry and Donald Wittman (eds), 2006, The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy, Oxford, OUP