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Development Economics - (Aut 22)

  • Enseignant(s):   D.Nigmatulina  
  • Titre en français: Economie de développement - (Aut 22)
  • Cours donné en: anglais
  • Crédits ECTS: 6 crédits
  • Horaire: Semestre d'automne 2022-2023, 4.0h. de cours (moyenne hebdomadaire)
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  • Formation concernée: Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en économie politique
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Dzhamilya Nigmatulina (Lecturer), Bernhard Nöbauer (Teaching Assistant)

This course seeks to study the development of economy through the lens of macroeconomic models and microeconomic data. It includes the topics of measurement of economic development, the movement of the economy across the sectors of agriculture, manufacturing and services as countries grow, distribution and reallocation of resources across sectors and across firms at different stages of the development process. The course will also explore microeconomics foundations of the development process and ask questions: what determines the decisions of households and firms in less developed countries? What constraints do they face? Is there scope for policy to ease these constraints?

In addition, the course will develop familiarity with a set of econometric techniques widely used by researchers and development practitioners.


Using a mix of micro and macro approaches, the course will come in two parts:

Macro-development, where the examples of topics will be:

i) Development accounting: methods and findings ii) Structural transformation, home production, and labour markets iii) Firm-level misallocation iv) Urbanization and development

Micro-development, where the examples of topics will be:

i) inequality ii) education iii) health iv) taxation, governance and accountability

To study these topics, we will identify a set of analytical frameworks, grounded in economic theory, and verify them with rigorous empirical evidence.


Reading List examples below. Full reading list will be assigned at the start of the course.

Banerjee, A. and E. Duflo (2011), Poor Economics; Philadephia, PA: Public Affairs.

Ray, D. (1998), Development Economics, Princeton University Press.

Restuccia, D., & Rogerson, R. (2017). The causes and costs of misallocation. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 31(3), 151-74.

Hsieh, C. T., & Klenow, P. J. (2009). Misallocation and manufacturing TFP in China and India. The Quarterly journal of economics, 124(4), 1403-1448.

Hsieh, C. T., Hurst, E., Jones, C. I., & Klenow, P. J. (2019). The allocation of talent and us economic growth. Econometrica, 87(5), 1439-1474.

Ngai, L. R., & Pissarides, C. A. (2007). Structural change in a multisector model of growth. American economic review, 97(1), 429-443.

Kongsamut, P., Rebelo, S., & Xie, D. (2001). Beyond balanced growth. The Review of Economic Studies, 68(4), 869-882.

Hsieh, C. T., & Moretti, E. (2019). Housing constraints and spatial misallocation. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 11(2), 1-39.

Moretti, E. (2011). Local Labor Markets. Handbook of Labor Economics.

Donaldson, D. (2015). The Gains from Market Integration. Annual Review of Economics, 7(1), 619-647.


Econometrics (linear regression models, panel data), Intermediate Microeconomics (production theory, consumption theory)


1ère tentative

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  • Class assignments
  • In-class participation
  • Project


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