This course discusses frontier topics in the microeconomics of development literature. It will emphasize the analysis of individual behavior, markets and institutions in the context of developing countries. After a discussion of microeconomic aspects of household economics, the course offers a rigorous treatment of fundamental markets that are key for the provision of credit, employment opportunities and protection against risks and shocks. The course will then analyze a set of topics related to human capital accumulation (education, health, nutrition, etc.) to conclude with a treatment of institutional and environmental topics, including property rights, technology adoption, social norms and economic networks.
This is a research course. It will emphasize the use of econometric techniques for the identification of causal effects and its connection with economic modeling. As a consequence, the readings of this class will be composed by papers based on randomized controlled trials and “natural” experiments. Students are assumed to have knowledge of these techniques.
- Referee Reports
RR on “Trade, Tastes and Nutrition”