ECON 8774-001 Transition Economies

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ECON 8774-001 Transition Economies
Murat Iyigun
Spring 2008
ECON 8774: Development Economics I
Murat F. Iyigun
Economics Building
Room No. 102.
(303) 492-6653
[email protected]
Class Schedule:
MW 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. in Economics 5.
Office Hours:
F 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 theoretical,
macroeconomic side (except when I will delve into some of my
more recent research interests in the field that have more of a
micro/labor/household blend).
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 four
papers (that you will select based on your interests) from the reading list. The
presentation should last about 30 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
assignment. At the end of the semester, these reports will serve as the basis of the
review materials for the final test.
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 either 2 or 3 unpublished 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.
You will develop a theoretical framework on a topic of your own choosing.
Students who intend to take ECON8784 could use this assignment to develop the
conceptual framework that will serve as the basis of their empirical research
assignment for that class. The proposal should be as detailed as possible in
outlining the research question and combine an appropriate literature review that
will highlight why the question at hand is important. The proposal will be due
towards the end of the semester; an exact due date will be announced.
There will be a short final exam based on the articles presented in class during the
course of the semester.
Grading: The following weights will be used to compute your final grade:
Article Presentations
Class Participation
Referee Reports
Research Proposal
Final Exam
25 percent
15 percent
20 percent
20 percent
20 percent
Reading List:
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