On-line Syllabus and Readings
The course has three objective. First, to provide a critical overview of the recent literature and important debates in economic development. Focus is on microeconomic approaches to understanding households, markets and institutions in developing countries. The second objective is to introduce ways of tackling methodological issues that arise when doing research on microeconomics of development. Especially important is how to identify causal relationships and avoiding biases that can arise from behavioural responses and unobserved heterogeneity. The final objective is to prepare for research in development economics. Hence, one of the requirements of the course is a research paper. We will also discuss potential research topics for each area as we progress.