Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
(2008) ; Acemoglu, D., & Robinson, J. A. Why nations fail : The origins of power, prosperity, and poverty. Crown Business, (2013).
apply the tools of political economy theory to speciﬁc issues of economic development : economic institutions, accumulation of human capital, international trade and migration, management of natural resources, and transition from plan to market. Required reading : Acemoglu, Daron, and James Robinson (2012) Why Nations Fail : The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. Crown Business ; Easterly, William (2002). The Elusive Quest for Growth : Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics. MIT Press ; Joshua D. Angrist & Jörn-Steffen Pischke (2014) Mastering 'Metrics : The Path from Cause to Effect. Princeton University Press ; Deaton, Angus (2013) The Great Escape : Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality. Princeton University Press ; Caplan, Bryan (2007). The Myth of the Rational Voter. Why Democracies Choose Bad Politicies. Princeton University Press.
POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Sergei GURIEV (Professeur), Elisa MOUGIN (Doctorante), Max VISKANIC (Teaching Assistant - Doctorant). Prerequisite : We will refer to basic concepts from economics, statistics and econometrics (at the introductory undergraduate level). For those without any exposure to econometrics, we recommend Angrist and Pischke's book “Mastering Metrics”. Pedagogical Format : Lecture alone Course validation : Two examinations during the semester (20% each) and one ﬁnal exam (60%). The term examinations will take the form of takehome assignments ; the students will have one week to write a 1000-word essay on the topics discussed in class. There will be four tutorial sessions available to help students prepare for these exams. In the ﬁrst session, the teaching assistant will explain what is expected to be covered in the essay. In the second session, the teaching assistant will discuss the grading strategy and the common mistakes made by the students. The two-hour ﬁnal exam will consist of three questions ; each will be similar to the respective home assignment ; students will be asked to write 500-word essay on the respective topics. The grading criteria will be similar to those for the mid-term exam. Pedagogical Method : Lecture. Course Description : The course is to introduce the students to the recent research in political economy of development. The course will consist of three parts. We will start with the normative approach understanding what government should do in a developing economy discussing missing markets, externalities, public goods, and redistribution. The second part of the course will be devoted to the modern positive political economy theory that explains why real-life democratic and non-democratic governments do what they actually do. In the third part of the course we will 1600
POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Hedi LARBI (Retiree from the World Bank / (ex-) Director Strategy and operations). Pedagogical Format : Seminar Course validation : Final paper (60%), midsemester progress report / draft (20%), class participation (20%). Course Description : More than ﬁve years after the spark of the Arab uprisings, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region faces unprecedented challenges. The lack of progress in political and economic governance, conﬂicts, and unresolved development challenges underlie the slow economic growth, high unemployment (especially among youth and women), and deep social polarization of the region along identity and sectarian lines. This course aims to provide graduate students with a good understanding of the development challenges of the region and its complex political economy. It includes discussions of the interactions between the political regimes of the countries and the development strategies a