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Pedagogical Method : At the end of the course, the student is expected to : 1°) Be familiar with stylized facts on the state of development of the world along multiple dimensions and understand some of the major debates in development economics ; 2°) Be able to use appropriate economic concepts and statistical tools to analyze the multi-faceted issues facing developing countries, and propose appropriate policy interventions ; 3°) Understand the intuition behind different empirical methods of evaluating the impact of public policies, to be able to read and interpret research ﬁndings within and beyond the policy areas studied in the course. These pedagogical objectives will be achieved through a mix of lectures, an essay with a debate, and a group project. Course Description : The aim of the course is to introduce students to the concepts of development economics theory and the methods of rigorous impact evaluation that allow a deeper understanding of poverty, inequality, and the micro-economic problems facing developing countries, as well as insights into how to overcome them. The ﬁrst part of the lecture will acquaint students with the “big-picture” issues of poverty, inequality, and population and will cover some of the major debates in development. The second part of the lecture familiarizes students with the methods of impact evaluation of public policies, and covers the evidence on the effectiveness of alternative development interventions on a range of policy issues (education, health, ﬁnancial tools for the poor, agriculture, entrepreneurship). Required reading : Development Economics : Theory and practice – Sadoulet E. and A. de Janvry – Routledge – 2015.
Pedagogical Format : Elective Course validation : There will be one ﬁrst short exam of about 1 hour duration (30% of the ﬁnal grade) around class 6 covering the material up to week ~5 and one Final Exam (70% of the ﬁnal grade) on class 12. Bilingual dictionaries are authorized for the mid-term exam, but not for the ﬁnal exam. Pedagogical Method : The material for this course consists in lecture notes, mandatory readings from textbooks (Ray, Basu and Gertler et al.) as well as further readings (non mandatory) from articles and books indicated in each lecture. Course Description : This course introduces basic topics of new development economics, an approach that is grounded on the growing global concern for issues such as poverty and inequality coupled with rigorous economic analysis. The “old” approach to development economics was based in industrial economics, public planning and economic thinking, among others. The “new” approach is equally concerned with issues such as the elimination of poverty, the determinants of poverty traps, the causes and consequences of population growth, the implications of wealth and income inequalities on a country's growth prospects and the role and evaluation of policies. The exposure to new theories of economic development will give the students the chance to use economic theory and economic tools in ways that promote the welfare of underprivileged people. Knowledge and understanding : - Summarize the main issues facing developing countries ; - Demonstrate familiarity with and assess the use of economic tools and statistical analysis in analyzing the problems of developing countries. Skills : - Select and apply appropriate techniques to analyze problems based on scenarios from development economics ; - Use mathematical analysis to address economic problems in developing countries ; - Demonstrate familiarity with statistical analysis as applied to studying problems of economic development ; - Analyze, evaluate and interpret various measures of economic inequality. 211
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Vera CHIODI (Associate Professor in Economics, Université de Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III)). Prerequisite : Familiarity with basic