Master of Development Economics (MDE) - Applied Development Economics ECON 5254   Applied Development Economics
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course focuses on the theory and evidence of economic development, and from these draws out implications for policy and practice. The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the current literature on the microeconomic foundations of development as well as the literature explaining the macroeconomic factors hindering economic development. Topics covered include the role of human capital (health, education), the functioning of factor markets, the role of institutions in mediating change and paths for sustainable growth, economics of conflict and women empowerment. On the methodological side, we will examine econometric techniques that researchers have used to identify causal relationships (ordinary least square, panel data, instrumental variables, randomized experiments, difference-in-differences, regression discontinuity design).
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

PREREQUISITES: ECON 3338.03 or ECON 5575.03 or permission of the instructor