ECON 8774-001 Seminar in Transition Economics

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ECON 8774-001 Seminar in Transition Economics
Murat Iyigun
Spring 2010
ECON 8774: Development Economics I
Murat F. Iyigun
Economics Building
Room No. 102.
(303) 492-6653
[email protected]
Class Schedule:
MW 12:00 noon – 1:15 p.m. in Economics 5.
Office Hours:
M 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and by appointment.
Textbook and Reading Materials:
There is no required text for this course. The lectures and
discussion will be primarily based on journal articles and working
papers in the reading list for this class (see below). In some
lectures, I will rely on some of the textbooks listed on the same
reading list.
Course Objectives:
This class, together with ECON8784, is part of a development
economics sequence. The sequence is designed for second or third
year Ph.D. students who intend to specialize in the field and plan to
conduct original theoretical and empirical research. ECON8774
will cover both theoretical and empirical issues in economic
development, but the primary focus will be on the “big picture”
macroeconomic and history of development side. The exception
would be when I will delve into some of my more recent research
interests in the field that have more of a micro/labor/household
University Policies
If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please
submit to me a letter from Disability Services in a timely manner
so that your needs may be addressed. Disability Services
determines accommodations based on documented disabilities.
Contact: 303-492-8671, Willard 322, and
We will make reasonable accommodations for students who have
conflicts between religious observance dates and course
examinations or assignments. Please talk to me at the beginning of
the semester, if you think you may require such accommodation.
For university policies on this and on other things such as
classroom behavior, see www.colorado.edu/policies/index.html.
During the course of the semester, you will be required to present in class two
papers (that you will select based on your interests) from the reading list. The
presentation should last about 40 minutes and help your fellow students grasp the
main ideas of the paper. Each paper should be summarized and critiqued in a
three-page report that should be handed in to me at the end of the presentation.
Your grade will mostly depend on your critique and analysis of the article
The class participation grade will be based on your willingness to contribute
meaningfully to class discussion during the paper presentations. It will help if you
read the papers in advance.
I will ask you to write referee reports for 2 papers. Each referee report should be
at least 3 pages double-spaced. The report should summarize the paper briefly and
then critique it in detail. It should conclude with a publication recommendation
and a justification for that decision.
There are three workshops this semester that I expect all students to attend: on
February 19th, Robert Barro (Harvard); on March 4th, Peter Howitt (Brown); and
on March 8th, Raquel Fernandez (NYU). Each student will write a report, not
shorter than four double-spaced pages, on the paper presented by any of the three
authors above. We will spend one class each on the discussion of the three
There will be a short final exam based on a format and topic that we shall agree
upon as the class progresses. The final will be tailored to the individual and
intended for one to make further progress on his or her Ph. D. thesis.
Grading: The following weights will be used to compute your final grade:
Article Presentations
Class Participation
Referee Reports
Workshop Critique
Final Exam
25 percent
15 percent
20 percent
20 percent
20 percent
Reading List:
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