Course Schedule - Summer 2016
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DateLectureTopicRequired ReadingsSupplemental Readings
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7/51Introduction- "Most of What you Learnded in EC 101 is Wrong" Bloomberg View, November 24, 2015- DE Chapter 1
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7/52Cross Sectional Evidence- DE Ch. 2 (this chapter is publically availible online - see link on course website)
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7/63Growth Theory- None- DE Chapters 3 and 4
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7/64Growth Theory- None- DE Chapters 3 and 4
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7/75RCT- MM Ch. 1
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7/76Linear Regression - MM Ch. 2
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7/117Health and Nutrition- PE Ch. 1 and 2- Strauss and Miller "Health, Nutrition, and Economic Development"
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7/118Health and Nutrition- PE Ch. 3
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7/129Health and Nutrition- Baird et al "Worms at Work: The Long Run Impact of Childhood Health Investment"- Gertler "Do Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Child Health? Evidence from PROGRESA's Control Randomized Experiment"
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7/1210Health and Nutrition- Jensen and Miller "Giffen Behavior and Subsitence Consumption"
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7/1311Health and Nutrition- Banerjee and Duflo "Improving Healthcare Delivery in India"
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Education and Human Capital
- PE Ch. 4- Duflo, Dupas, and Kremer "Peer Effects, Teacher Incentives, and the Impact of Tracking: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Kenya."
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7/1413Dif-in-Dif- MM Ch. 5
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Education and Human Capital
- Duflo "Schooling and Labor Market Consequences of School Construction in Indonesia: Evidence from an Unusual Policy Experiment"- Duflo, Dupas, and Kremer "School governance, teacher incentives, and pupil–teacher ratios: Experimental evidence from Kenyan primary schools"
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Education and Human Capital
- Schultz "School Subsidies for the Poor: Evaluating the Mexican Progresa Poverty Program"
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7/19Review
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7/21Mid-term
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7/2616Credit and Investment- PE Ch. 6Karlan et al "Agricultural Decisions After Relaxing Credit Constraints"
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7/2617Credit and Investment- PE Ch. 7Banerjee et al "The Miracle of Microfinance. Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation"
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7/2718Credit and Investment- PE Ch. 8- Duflo et al "Nudging Farmers to use Fertilizer: Theory and Experimental Evidence in Kenya."
- Ashraf et al "Tying Odysseus to the Mast: Evidence from a Comitment Savings Product in the Phillipines
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7/2719Credit and Investment- PE Ch. 9
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7/2820IV- MM Ch. 3
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7/2821Migration- Munshi "Neworks in the Modern Economy: Mexican Migrants in the US Labor Market"- Bryan et al "Escaping Famine through Seasonal Migration"
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8/222Institutions- Acemoglu et al "The Colonial Origins of Comparitive Development: An Empirical Investigation." - Nunn "Long Term Effects of Africa's Slave Trades"
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8/223Regression Discontinuity- MM Ch. 4
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8/324Institutions- Dell "The Persistent Effects of Peru's Mining Mita"
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8/325Institutions- Jones and Olken "Hit or Miss? The Effect of Assassinations on Institutions and War."
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8/426Political Economy- PE Chapter 10
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8/427Political Economy- Duflo and Chattapadhyay, "Women as Policy Makers: Evidence from a Randomized Policy Experiment in India"
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8/928Political Economy- Banerjee et al "Do Informed Voters Make Better Choices? Experimental Evidence from Urban India."
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8/929Corruption- Olken and Barron "The Simple Economics of Extortion: Evidence from Trucking in Aceh."- Olken "Monitoring Corruption: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia."
- Fisman "Estimating the Value of Political Connections."
- Fisman and Miguel "Cultures of Corruption: Evidence from Diplomatic Parking Tickets."
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8/1030Corruption- Hodler and Raschky "Regional Favoritism"
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8/10Review
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8/11final
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PE = "Poor Economics"
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MM = "Mastering Metrics"
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DE = "Development Economics"
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