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OAEA 2125 - Microeconomic Development

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

-Microeconomics (basics)
-Econometrics (basics)
Familiarity with basic statistical concepts and regression analysis is required.

Course Description

This class will survey the challenges faced by emerging economies, with the purpose of covering the main areas at the center of the debate in development economics. We will discuss the questions raised, the academic research on these questions, and the possible policy responses. This class will cover topics at the individual level (consumption, health and education) as well as at the firm level (contracts, technology, entrepreneurship). The class will go through both the empirical studies and the theoretical framework that relate to these topics. By the end of this class, students will be expected to be able to understand, evaluate, and design interventions in developing countries. In addition, a discussion over the ethical concerns of these interventions will take place in class.

Teachers

DE ROCHAMBEAU, Golvine (Assistant professor)

Pedagogical format

In each we will discuss both theory and empirical evidence on a topic. Students will have the opportunity to intervene and should be able to answer questions on required readings.

Course validation

Assessment in the final average grade (minimum of two assessments).
Class participation: 30%; Project: 40%; Final exam: 30%
Students will be asked to work on a development intervention, and design an evaluation method for the intervention. Students will work in small groups on the project. Each group will present the project in class and write a detailed report.

Workload

Students are expected to read the required readings before each class and to actively participate in class discussions

Required reading

1. Banerjee, Abhijit, and Esther Duflo. Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, 2011

Additional required reading

2. Bardhan, Pranab, and Christopher Udry. Development Microeconomics, 1999.