Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY IN AFRICA : POLICY ADVISING
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Opened to the exchange program
Teachers : Yasmine BEKKOUCHE (Assistante de recherche), Julia CAGÉ (Enseignant/Chercheur en Economie). Pedagogical format : Lecture alone Course validation : A mid-term take-home exam (25%) ; ﬁnal paper (75%). Students are required to write a ﬁnal paper that examines an important question related to economic development. The student's aim should be to undertake an investigation that improves our understanding of the process of development and also considers what can be done to aid development in poor countries. The paper should be an exposition of the student's ﬁndings. Students are required to submit a hard copy and an electronic copy of their ﬁnal paper. A more detailed description of the expectations for the paper will be provided in class. The ﬁnal paper is due on the last day of class, December 2nd. Workload : Prior to the beginning of each class, students are requited to read at least one of the required readings for that day. Most importantly, everyone is expected to participate in class discussions. Class participation is taken very seriously. Course Description : The course is intended to provide a general overview of the dominant views about economic development and policy. We will cover macroeconomic topics and political economic issues affecting economic development. We will ﬁrst cover a few basics in international ﬁnance. We will then tackle a number of important questions : why are some countries so rich and others so poor ? Do differences in economic development today have historical roots ? What are the mechanisms and channels through which history matters ? What factors have determined which countries prosper ? Can these factors be changed with speciﬁc economic policies ? If so, what are they and how are they best implemented ? We will consider these questions and more. Objective of the course : the course is intended to provide a general overview of the dominant views about economic development and policy, and to provide students a sense of the most recent research in the ﬁeld. In the course, a particular effort is made to link the theories and empirical evidence to the real world. Required reading : Acemoglu, Daron and James Robinson (2012) : Why Nations Fail : The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, Random
Teachers : Sandrine DE GUIO (Directrice du cabinet de la secrétaire d'Etat chargée du développment et de la Francophonie), Abdel Malek RIAD (Conseiller économique auprès du président de l'assemblée nationale). Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : Evaluation will be based on an oral presentation (working group) and a ﬁnal examination (essay or practical case). Course Description : This seminar aims to give methodological instruments and share professional experience for those who are interested in working on Africa's development issues (in international organizations, government, NGOs, development public agencies). Consequently, this seminar was built on the basis of practical cases prepared by two specialists of development issues (Abdelmalek Riad and Sandrine de Guio) with the support of their colleagues. In this cours, students will develop negotiation, policy brieﬁng, decision making, crisis management and assessment of public policy skills. Dynamics of Africa's development are a challenge for African countries, developed countries and international organizations. We will focus through class simulation exercises on the main relevant issues for Africa's development and African leaders : governance and crisis management, regional integration, climate change, negotiation of the economic partnership between EU and African countries, quality of the ofﬁcial development assistance. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS : MACROECONOMIC AND POLITICAL ECONOMIC ISSUES
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of