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ECON 8784-001 Economic Development
Economics 8784: Economic Development
Spring 2016
T/Th 9:30-10:45 AM
Room: Economics 5
Class Website through Desire2Learn: https://learn.colorado.edu/
No Class: 3/21-3/25 (Spring Break)
Professor Francisca Antman
Office: Economics 102
Office Hours: T/Th 11:00AM-12:00PM and by appointment
Phone: (303) 492-8872
Email: [email protected] (preferred method of contact)
Course Description & Objectives
This course offers a Ph.D.-level introduction to the field of development economics, focused on
microeconomic issues from a largely empirical perspective. Some of the topics covered include
the distribution of resources within households, human capital development such as health and
education, migration, poverty traps, political economy, and gender issues relevant for developing
countries. The objective of the course is to provide an overview of the microeconomics of
development and to prepare students for doing original research in the field.
Prerequisites: Ph.D. Microeconomic Theory and Econometrics. See me if you have not taken
these courses.
Textbook: There are no required texts for this course. Consult the reading list for texts that may
be useful supplementary material for understanding the articles we will discuss.
Assignments & Grading:
1. You will write one referee report (3-4 pages long double spaced) on an unpublished paper
selected from a set of recent job market candidates in the field. The referee report should
briefly summarize the work, critique the article, and provide suggestions for improvement. I
will provide some guidance on writing referee reports and assign the paper you will review.
2. Class participation and attendance is required, including contributing to our class discussions.
Reading the articles in advance of lectures will help you in this respect. Your participation
grade will also reflect satisfactory completion of one-page (max) summaries of 10 articles from
the main section of the syllabus (not background or further reading), excluding overview
papers which cover several research projects. At a minimum, each summary should (1)
identify the main research question, (2) discuss the methodology used to answer the question
and (3) state the main results. It should also be obvious from your summary that you read the
entire paper. These summaries are due in class before we are scheduled to begin discussion of
the relevant paper.
3. You will make one in-class, computer-based, presentation of an assigned article from the
reading list. Your presentation should last 25-30 minutes and should both summarize the
article focusing primarily on the research question, methodology, and results, along with any
background information you think necessary. Your presentation should also raise questions,
critiques, and extensions, and thus provide the basis for a critical discussion of the article in
class. While you may consult with other classmates regarding the article you will present, I
expect that the presentation slides will be your work alone. If you have presented or are
planning to present a similar presentation to another class, you must discuss this with me first
to determine whether it will be eligible for credit in this class. Please plan to email the class
your slides (as a PDF file) the day before your presentation and bring a hard copy of your slides
with you to class.
You will make one in-class computer-based presentation on the research idea you are pursuing
for your research proposal (see below). This presentation should emphasize the preliminary
research question you are pursuing and the methodology you propose to answer it. Your
presentation should last 5 minutes with no interruptions and will be followed by a class
discussion to provide you with feedback on your proposed research. I will also meet with you
individually to discuss your progress. Please bring a hard copy of your slides with you to class
on the day of your presentation.
You will write a 7-10 page (double-spaced) research proposal on a topic of your choice, related
to the themes explored in this class. The proposal should (1) outline your research question in
detail along with any background information needed to understand the context, (2) explain
the contribution your work would make to the existing literature on the subject, (3) present the
theoretical model/framework (if any) that previews the expected results or motivates the
empirical strategy, (4) discuss the empirical strategy used to answer the question, (5) review
details of the data set you expect to use in the analysis, and (6) present preliminary results (if
any) or discuss expected results. If you are an advanced student that has already begun working
on a paper, we can discuss modifying this project to be of greater value to you. If you have
submitted, or are planning to submit a similar proposal to a different class, you must discuss
this with me first to determine whether it will be eligible for credit.
You will make one in-class, computer-based, presentation of your research proposal to the
class at the end of the course. The structure should be similar to that of the research proposal
(see above), and should last 15 minutes with no interruptions except for straightforward
clarifying questions. If you have presented or are planning to present a similar presentation to
another class, you must discuss this with me first to determine whether it will be eligible for
credit. Please bring a hard copy of your slides with you to class on the day of your presentation.
There will be a final exam based on the articles on the reading list and the material we cover
in class. You may consult your notes and assigned readings during the exam, but you should
not consult with other people in or outside the class for formulating your responses. It is
important that you demonstrate that you are thinking independently of other sources. I will
provide discussion questions to prepare you for the types of questions you will see on the final.
Please hand in an assignment cover sheet with all written assignments. It is available at:
The assignments will be weighted as follows:
Referee Report: 10%
Participation (including 10 summaries): 10%
Presentation of an Article on the Syllabus: 10%
Presentation of Research Idea: 10%
Research Proposal: 30%
Presentation of Research Proposal: 10%
Final Exam: 20%
Class Policies
There is no excuse for missing an exam unless there is a documented medical or family emergency.
Note that you are required to submit documentation of any emergency. In all other cases, failure
to take an exam will result in a zero for that exam. If a legitimate emergency arises, other graded
work will be re-weighted; no make-up exams will be given. If you foresee any legitimate conflict
with the dates of the assignments or exams, please see me at the beginning of the semester or as
soon as possible.
If you miss a class, you are responsible for obtaining notes on the material we covered from another
classmate. I encourage you to come to my office hours to discuss the material you missed, but not
before you have gone over the material yourself. If you miss the date of your presentation because
of a medical or family emergency or because class has been cancelled, you will make up the
presentation at a later date in the semester.
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Economics 8784: Economic Development
Reading List
Professor Francisca Antman
Lectures and discussions will primarily be drawn from journal articles and working papers.
Although there is no required textbook for the course, the textbooks and methods articles listed
below may be useful for you to consult for a more thorough presentation of the theory and
methods used in the articles we will review.
Useful Books
Bardhan, Pranab and Christopher Udry. 1999. Development Microeconomics. New York:
Oxford University Press.
Deaton, Angus. 1997. The Analysis of Household Surveys: A Microeconometric Approach to
Development Policy. Baltimore, Maryland: The World Bank.
H. Chenery, T.N. Srinivasan, J. Behrman, T. Schultz, and J. Strauss, eds. Handbook of
Development Economics, Vol. 1-4. Published by Elsevier.
Ray, Debraj. 1998. Development Economics. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
Angrist, Joshua D. and Jorn-Steffen Pischke. 2009. Mostly Harmless Econometrics. Princeton,
N.J.: Princeton University Press.
Wooldridge, Jeffrey M. 2001. Economic Analysis of Cross Section and Panel Data.
Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Useful Methods Articles
Deaton, Angus. 1993. “Data and Econometric Tools for Development Analysis.” Handbook of
Development Economics, Vol. 3, Ch. 33, Ed. J. Berhman and T.N. Srinivasan.
Angrist, Joshua D. and Alan B. Krueger. 1999. “Empirical Strategies in Labor Economics.”
Handbook of Labor Economics, Vol. 3, Ch. 23, Ed. O. Ashenfelter and D. Card.
Duflo, Esther, Rachel Glennerster, and Michael Kremer. 2008. “Randomization in Development
Economics Research: A Toolkit.” Handbook of Development Economics, Vol. 4, Ch. 61.
Todd, Petra E. 2008. “Evaluating Social Programs with Endogenous Program Placement and
Selection of the Treated. Handbook of Development Economics, Vol.4, Ch. 60. Pp. 38473894.
Angrist, Joshua D., Guido W. Imbens, and Donald B. Rubin. 1996. “Identification of Causal
Effects Using Instrumental Variables.” Journal of the American Statistical Association,
91(434): 444- 455.
Angrist, Joshua D. and Alan B. Krueger. 2001. “Instrumental Variables and the Search for
Identification: From Supply and Demand to Natural Experiments.” The Journal of
Economic Perspectives, 15(4): 69-85.
Meyer, Bruce D. (1995). “Natural and Quasi-Experiments in Economics.” Journal of Business
and Economic Statistics, 13(2): 151-161.
Bound, John, David A. Jaeger, Regina M. Baker. 1995. “Problems with Instrumental Variables
Estimation When the Correlation Between the Instruments and the Endogenous
Explanatory Variable is Weak.” Journal of the American Statistical Association,
90(430): 443- 450.
Imbens and Wooldridge. 2009. “Recent Developments in the Econometrics of Program
Evaluation.” Journal of Economic Literature, 471(1): 5-86.
Preliminary Course Outline
The articles under the topic headings below are required reading for everyone in the class. Some
of this material will be presented by a student, but everyone should read those articles for class
discussion as well. Articles under the Background& Further Reading sections may be useful to
you but may not be included in lectures and are thus optional readings unless otherwise noted.
For many of these papers, multiple versions are available. To ensure that we are all reading the
same paper, please read the version that is referenced below and use the recommended means of
access if one is offered. Please have copies of the papers available in class so that you can refer
to them during our discussion.
a. Poverty in the Developing World
Besley, Timothy and Robin Burgess. 2003. “Halving Global Poverty.” Journal of Economic
Perspectives 17(3): 3-22.
Banerjee, Abhijit and Esther Duflo. 2007. “The Economic Lives of the Poor.” Journal of
Economic Perspectives 21(1): 141-167.
b. Poverty Traps and Income Mobility
Antman, Francisca and David McKenzie. 2007. “Poverty Traps and Nonlinear Income
Dynamics with Measurement Error and Individual Heterogeneity.” Journal of Development
Studies, 43(6): 1057-1083.
Background & Further Reading
Ray (1998), p. 272-279. 489-504.
Deaton (1997), Section 2.7
Dasgupta, Partha and Debraj Ray. 1986. “Inequality as a Determinant of Malnutrition and
Unemployment: Theory.” The Economic Journal, 96(384): 1011-1034.
The Family & Intra-household Allocation
a. Modeling the Household
Benjamin, Dwayne. 1992. “Household Composition, Labor Markets, and Labor Demand:
Testing for Separation in Agricultural Household Models.” Econometrica. 60(2): 287322.
Thomas, Duncan. 1990. “Intra-Household Resource Allocation: An Inferential Approach. The
Journal of Human Resources, 25(4): 635-664.
b. Gender and Distribution
Udry, Christopher. 1996. “Gender, Agricultural Productivity and the Theory of the Household.
The Journal of Political Economy 104(5): 1010-1046.
Duflo, Esther. 2003. “Grandmothers and Granddaughters: Old-Age Pensions and
Intrahousehold Allocation in South Africa.” The World Bank Economic Review 17(1): 125.
Background & Further Reading
Deaton (1997), Ch. 4.
Bardhan & Udry (1999), Ch. 1-2.
Bobonis, Gustavo J. 2009. “Is the Allocation of Resources within the Household Efficient?
New Evidence from a Randomized Experiment.” Journal of Political Economy, 117(3):
Browning, M. and P. A. Chiappori. 1998. “Efficient Intra-Household Allocations: A General
Characterization and Empirical Tests.” Econometrica 66(6): 1241-1278.
Deaton, Angus and Christina Paxson. 1998. “Economies of Scale, Household Size, and the
Demand for Food.” The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 106, No. 5 (Oct., 1998), pp.
Deaton, Angus. 1989. “Looking for Boy-Girl Discrimination in Household Expenditure Data.”
The World Bank Economic Review. 3 (1): 1-15.
Duflo, Esther and Christopher Udry. 2004. “Intrahousehold Resource Allocation in Cote
d’Ivoire: Social Norms, Separate Accounts and Consumption Choices.” NBER Working
Paper No. 10498.
Strauss and Thomas. “Human Resources: Empirical Modeling of Household and Family
Decisions.” Handbook of Development Economics, Vol. 3A, Ch. 34.
a. Returns to Schooling
Duflo, Esther. 2001. “Schooling and Labor Market Consequences of School Construction in
Indonesia: Evidence from an Unusual Policy Experiment.” The American Economic
Review, 91(4): 795-813.
*Ashraf, Nava, Natalie Bau, Nathan Nunn, and Alessandra Voena. 2015. “Bride Price and
Female Education.” Working paper, see course website for current draft.
*Jensen, Robert. 2010. “The (Perceived) Return to Education and the Demand for Schooling.”
Quarterly Journal of Economics, 125(2): 515-548.
b. Program Evaluation
Schultz, T. Paul. 2004. “School Subsidies for the Poor: Evaluating the Mexican Progresa
Poverty Program.” Journal of Development Economics, 74(1); 199-250.
c. Classroom Interventions
Angrist, Joshua D. and Victor Lavy. 1999. “Using Maimonides’ Rule to Estimate the Effect of
Class Size on Scholastic Achievement.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 114(2):
Background & Further Reading
Baird, Sarah, Craig McIntosh and Berk Ozler. 2011. “Cash or Condition: Evidence from a
Randomized Cash Transfer Program,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 126(4): 17091753.
Banerjee, Abhijit and Esther Duflo. 2006. “Addressing Absence.” Journal of Economic
Perspectives, 20(1): 117–132.
Card, David. 1999. “The Causal Effect of Education on Earnings.” Handbook of Labor
Economics, Vol. 3, Ch. 30.
Duflo, Esther, Rema Hanna and Stephen Ryan. 2007. “Monitoring Works: Getting Teachers to
Come to School.” BREAD Working Paper No. 103.
Foster, Andrew D. and Mark R. Rosenzweig. 1996. “Technical Change and Human Capital
Returns and Investments: Evidence from the Green Revolution.” The American
Economic Review, 86(4): 931-953.
Glewwe, Paul and Michael Kremer. 2006. “Schools, Teachers, and Education Outcomes in
Developing Countries.” Handbook of the Economics of Education, Vol. 2, Ch.16.
Kremer, Michael. 2003. “Randomized Evaluations of Educational Programs in Developing
Countries: Some Lessons.” The American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings of
the One Hundred Fifteenth Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association,
Washington, DC, January 3-5, 2003, 93(2): 102-106.
Kremer, Michael, Rebecca Thornton, and Edward Miguel. 2009. “Incentives to Learn.” Review
of Economics and Statistics, 91(3): 437-56.
Rosenzweig, Mark R. 2010. “Microeconomic Approaches to Development: Schooling, Learning,
and Growth.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 24(3): 81-96.
Health, Disease, and Mortality
a. Randomized Evaluations & Experiments
Miguel, Edward and Michael Kremer. 2004. “Worms: Identifying Impacts on Education and
Health in the Presence of Treatment Externalities.” Econometrica. 72(1): 159-217.
Baird, Sarah, Joan Hamory Hicks, Michael Kremer, and Edward Miguel. 2015. “Worms at
Work: Long-run Impacts of a Child Health Investment.” NBER Working paper No.
Thornton, Rebecca L. 2008. “The Demand for, and Impact of, Learning HIV Status” American
Economic Review, 98 (5): 1829-63
Cohen, Jessica and Pascaline Dupas. 2010. “Free Distribution or Cost Sharing? Evidence from
a Randomized Malaria Prevention Experiment.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 125(1):
b. Exploiting Spatial and Temporal Variability
*Bleakley, Hoyt. 2007. “Disease and Development: Evidence from the Hookworm Eradication
in the American South.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 122(1): 73-117.
Jayachandran, Seema. 2009. “Air Quality and Early-Life Mortality: Evidence from Indonesia’s
Wildfires.” Journal of Human Resources 44(4): 916-54.
*Jayachandran, Seema and Adriana Lleras-Muney. 2009. “Life Expectancy and Human Capital
Investments: Evidence from Maternal Mortality Declines.” Quarterly Journal of Economics,
124(1): 349-397.
Background & Further Reading
Jayachandran, Seema and Ilyana Kuziemko. 2011. “Why Do Mothers Breastfeed Girls Less
than Boys? Evidence and Implications from India.” Quarterly Journal of Economics,
126(3): 1485-1538.
Qian, Nancy. 2008. “Missing Women and the Price of Tea in China: The Effect of SexSpecific Earnings on Sex Imbalance.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 123(3): 12511285.
Kremer, Michael and Edward Miguel. 2007. “The Illusion of Sustainability.” The Quarterly
Journal of Economics, 112(3): 1007-1065.
Strauss and Thomas. 1998. “Health, Nutrition, and Economic Development.” Journal of
Economic Literature, 36(2): 766-817.
Strauss and Thomas. 2008. “Health over the Life Course.” Handbook of Development
Economics, Vol. 4. Ch. 30, p. 3375-3474.
Subramanian, Shankar and Angus Deaton. 1996. “The Demand for Food and Calories.” The
Journal of Political Economy, 104(1): 133-162.
Labor and Migration
Field, Erica. 2007. “Entitled to Work: Urban Property Rights and Labor Supply in Peru” The
Quarterly Journal of Economics. 122(4): 1561-1602.
Munshi, Kaivan. 2003. “Networks in the Modern Economy: Mexican Migrants in the U.S.
Labor Market.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 118(2): 549-599.
*McKenzie, David and Hillel Rapoport. 2010. “Self-Selection Patterns in Mexico-U.S.
Migration: The Role of Migration Networks.” The Review of Economics and Statistics,
92(4): 811-21.
*Gibson, John, David McKenzie and Steven Stillman. 2011. “The Impacts of Migration on
Remaining Household Members: Omnibus Results from a Migration Lottery Program.”
The Review of Economics and Statistics, 93(4): 1297-1317.
Background & Further Reading
Ray (1998), Ch. 10.
Bardhan & Udry (1999), Ch. 5.
Antman, Francisca M. 2013. “The Impact of Migration on Family Left Behind,” in: A. Constant
and K. F. Zimmermann eds., International Handbook on the Economics of Migration.
Banerjee, Abhijit V. and Andrew F. Newman. 1998. “Information, the Dual Economy and
Development.” The Review of Economic Studies, 65(4): 631-653.
Jayachandran, Seema. 2006. “Selling Labor Low: Wage Responses to Productivity Shocks in
Developing Countries.” The Journal of Political Economy, 114(3): 538-575.
Yang, Dean. 2008. “International Migration, Remittances and Household Investment: Evidence
from Philippine Migrants’ Exchange Rate Shocks.” The Economic Journal, 118(528):
Yang, Dean. 2011. “Migrant Remittances.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 25(3): 129-52.
Savings & Credit
Ashraf, Nava, Dean Karlan and Wesley Yin. 2006. “Tying Odysseus to the Mast: Evidence
from a Commitment Savings Product in the Philippines.” The Quarterly Journal of
Economics, 121(2): 635–672.
* Banerjee, Abhijit, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster, and Cynthia Kinnan. 2015. “The Miracle
of Microfinance? Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation.” American Economic
Journal: Applied Economics, 7(1): 22-53.
* Dupas, Pascaline, and Jonathan Robinson. 2013. "Why Don't the Poor Save More? Evidence
from Health Savings Experiments." The American Economic Review, 103(4): 1138-71.
Background & Further Reading
Deaton (1997), Ch. 6.
Bardhan and Udry (1999), Ch. 7 & 8.
Ray (1998), Ch. 14-15.
Ashraf, Nava. 2009. “Spousal Control and Intra-Household Decision Making: An Experimental
Study in the Philippines.” The American Economic Review, 99(4): 1245-77.
Banerjee, Abhijit, Dean Karlan, and Jonathan Zinman. 2015. "Six Randomized Evaluations of
Microcredit: Introduction and Further Steps." American Economic Journal: Applied
Economics, 7(1): 1-21.
Banerjee, Abhijit and Andrew Newman. 1993. “Occupational Choice and the Process of
Development.” The Journal of Political Economy, 101(2): 274-298.
Banerjee, Abhijit V. and Esther Duflo. 2007. “Giving Credit Where It Is Due.” Journal of
Economic Perspectives, 24(3): 61-80.
Burgess, Robin and Rohini Pande. 2005. “Do Rural Banks Matter? Evidence from the Indian
Social Banking Experiment.” The American Economic Review, 95(3): 780-795.
Cull, Robert, Asli Demirguc-Kunt, and Jonathan Morduch. 2009. “Microfinance Meets the
Market.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 23(1): 167-192.
Karlan, Dean and Jonathan Morduch. 2009. “Access to Finance.” Handbook of Development
Economics, vol.5. Eds. Dani Rodrik and Mark Rosenzweig.
(Available at http://karlan.yale.edu/p/HDE_June_11_2009_Access_to_Finance.pdf)
Morduch, Jonathan. 1999. “The Microfinance Promise.” Journal of Economic Literature,
37(4): 1569-1614.
Paxson, Christina H. 1992. “Using Weather Variability to Estimate the Response of Savings to
Transitory Income in Thailand.” The American Economic Review, 82(1): 15-33.
Townsend, Robert M. 1994. “Risk and Insurance in Village India.” Econometrica. 62(3): 539591.
Political Economy
a. Institutions
Acemoglu, Daron, Simon Johnson and James A. Robinson. 2001. “The Colonial Origins of
Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation.” The American Economic
Review, 91(5): 1369-1401.
* Nunn, Nathan. (2008). “The long‐term effects of Africa’s slave trades”, The Quarterly Journal
of Economics, 123(1), 139‐176.
*Nunn, Nathan and Nancy Qian. 2011. “The Potato’s Contribution to Population and
Urbanization: Evidence from a Historical Experiment.” The Quarterly Journal of
Economics, 126(2): 593-650.
* Alesina, Alberto, Paola Guiliano and Nathan Nunn. 2013. “On the Origins of Gender Roles:
Women and the Plough.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol 128(2).
Background & Further Reading
Chattopadhyay, Raghabendra and Esther Duflo. 2004. “Women as Policy Makers: Evidence
from a Randomized Policy Experiment in India.” Econometrica, 72(5): 1409-1443.
Beaman, Lori, Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, Esther Duflo, Rohini Pande and Petia Topalova.
2009. “Powerful Women: Does Exposure Reduce Bias?” The Quarterly Journal of
Economics, 124(4): 1497-1540.
Aidt, Toke S. “Economic Analysis of Corruption: A survey” The Economic Journal, 113(491):
Mauro, Paolo. 1995. “Corruption and Growth.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 110(3):
Olken, Benjamin A. 2007. “Monitoring Corruption: Evidence from a Field Experiment in
Indonesia.” The Journal of Political Economy, 115(2): 200-249.
Pande, Rohini. 2003. “Can Mandated Political Representation Increase Policy Influence for
Disadvantaged Minorities? Theory and Evidence from India.” The American Economic
Review, 93(4): 1132-1151.
Shleifer, Andrei and Robert W. Vishny. 1993. “Corruption.” The Quarterly Journal of
Economics, 108(3): 599-617.
Fisman, Raymond and Edward Miguel. 2007. “Corruption, Norms, and Legal Enforcement:
Evidence from Diplomatic Parking Tickets.” The Journal of Political Economy, 115(6):
VIII. The Future of Development Economics
Banerjee, Abhijit V. and Esther Duflo. 2008. “The Experimental Approach to Development
Economics.” NBER Working Paper No. 14467. Published in 2009 Annual Review of
Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 1(1), pages 151-178, 05.
Deaton, Angus. 2010. “Instruments, Randomization, and Learning about Development.” Journal
of Economic Literature, 48(2): 424-55.
Background & Further Reading
Banerjee, Abhijit, Pranab Bardhan, Kaushik Basu, Ravi Kanbur (editor), and Dilip Mookherjee.
2005. “New Directions in Development Economics: Theory or Empirics? A Symposium
in Economic and Political Weekly.” Boston University Working Paper No.28.
(Available at http://www.arts.cornell.edu/poverty/kanbur/NewDirectionsDevEcon.pdf)
Heckman, James J. and Jeffrey A. Smith. 1995. “Assessing the Case for Social Experiments.”
The Journal of Economic Perspectives, 9(2): 85-110.
Heckman, James. 1991. “Randomization and Social Policy Evaluation.” NBER Technical
Working Paper No. 107.
Rosenzweig, Mark R. and Kenneth I. Wolpin, 2000. “Natural ‘Natural Experiments’ in
Economics.” Journal of Economic Literature, 38(4): 827-874.
Economics 8784 Tentative Course Outline, Spring 2016
Jan 12-14
Jan 19-21
Jan 26-28
Feb 2-4
Feb 9-11
Feb 16-18
Feb 23-25
Mar 1-3
Mar 8
Mar 10
Mar 15
Th 3/17
Mar 22-24
Mar 29-31
Apr 5-7
Apr 12-14
Apr 19
Apr 21
Apr 26
Apr 28
--Poverty in the developing world
--Poverty traps and income mobility
The Family/Household
--Agricultural households
--Modeling the household
The Family/Household, continued
--Testing the unitary model
--Gender & distribution
--Program Evaluation Methodologies
--Returns to Schooling
Education, continued
-- Classroom Interventions
-- Individual Meetings
--Randomized Evaluations and Experiments
Health continued
--Spatial and Temporal Variation
Student Presentations (Research Questions)
Student Presentations (Research Questions)
No Class In Lieu of Individual Meetings
Referee Report due by 9:30AM
No classes—Spring Break
Savings & Credit
Political Economy
Future of Development Economics
Review Questions for Final Exam
Student Presentations (Research Proposals)
Student Presentations (Research Proposals)
Student Presentations (Research Proposals)
Student Presentations (Research Proposals)
Final exam 4:30PM-7:00PM. Research Proposal due at Final Exam.
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