101 KNOX HALL
Thursday 2:10-4 pm
Office Hours: Thursday 10-12 (please come, really) or by appointment, please email or stop by 1402C IAB
Course description: This course examines the micro-economic development literature, with an emphasis on empirical applications.
Recommended background readings
Ray  – a great undergraduate level textbook
Deaton  – a must have for those interested in empirical development
Course Requirements and Grading
I expect you to have read the papers we will discuss in class and participate actively in the discussion.
1. Class presentations: You will be required to make one (or two) presentations to the class of empirical papers that I will assign ($ see below). These presentations will be short (15 -20 minutes) and no more than 7 slides long - 25%
2. Power Point Presentation: One research project outline (7 pages maximum) to be presented in the last day of class - 25%
3. Final exam (closed book, 2 hours) – 25%
4. Class and seminar participation - 25%
You are required to attend four meetings of the Development
Seminar (the schedule is posted at httphttp://jagiellonia.econ.columbia.edu/colloquia/development/),
which meets on Thursdays, 4:15 – 5:45 in room 1027
Prerequisites: Core knowledge of microeconomic and econometrics at the graduate level
Lecture 1 (January 21) Introduction
- to the course
- to the field of development
- to data
***Subramanian, Shankar and Angus Deaton (1996), "The Demand for Food and Calories," Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 104 (1), pp 133-62.
***Duncan, Thomas et. al (2003), "Iron deficiency and the well-being of
older adults:Early results from a randomized nutrition intervention"
*Strauss (1996) JPE “Does Better Nutrition Raise Farm Productivity?”
*Strauss, John and Duncan Thomas (1995), "Human Resources:
Empirical Modeling of Household and Family Decisions." In
Behrman, Jere and T.N. Srinivasan,
eds., Handbook of Development Economics, Volume 3.
* Srinivasan, T. N. (1994), "Destitution: A Discourse," Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. 32 (4), pp. 1842-55.
* Dasgupta, Partha and Debraj Ray (1986), "Inequality as a Determinant of Malnutrition and Unemployment: Theory," The Economic Journal, Vol. 96 (384), pp. 1011-1034.
$ Field, Robles and Torero (2007) ”The
Cognitive Link Between Geography and Development: Iodine deficiency and
schooling attainment in
*** Gertler, Paul, and Jonathan Gruber (2002) "Insuring Consumption Against Illness," American Economic Review, 92 (1): 51-70.
***Miguel, Edward and Michael Kremer (2004, "
***Duflo, Esther (2000), “Child Health and
Household Resources in
$ Acemoglu, Daron and Simon Johnson (2007, “Disease and Development: The Effect of Life Expectancy on Economic Growth”, Journal of Political Economy
*** Pritchett, Lant “Desired Fertility and the Impact of Population Policies. Population and Development Review, Vol.20 (no.1), March 1994.
Comments and Replies on the above article (these are short):
***Knowles J.K, J.S Akin, P.K. Guilkey (1994). "The Impact of Population Policies: Comment" in Population Development Review, 20(3), pp.611-615.
***Bongaarts, John (1994). "The Impact of Population Policies: Comment" in Population Development Review, 20(3), pp.616-620.
***Pritchett, Lant H. (1994). "The Impact of Population Policies: Reply" in Population and Development Review, 20(3), pp 621-630.
*** Pop-Eleches, Cristian, “The Supply of Birth Control Methods, Education
and Fertility: Evidence from
* Becker, Gary S. and H. Gregg Lewis. 1973. ”On the Interaction between the Quantity and Quality of Children,” Journal of Political Economy, Mar.-Apr., 81:2 (Part II), pp. S279-S288.
$ Miller, Grant (2007) “Contraception as
Development? New Evidence from Family Planning in
*** Udry, Christopher (1996), "Gender, Agricultural Production, and the Theory of the Household," Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 104 (5), pp. 1010-1045.
*** Black, Devereux and Salvanes (2005), “The More the Merrier? The
Effect of Family Size and Birth Order on Children’s Education”
* Garg, Ashish
and Jonathan Morduch (1998), "Sibling Rivalry
and the Gender Gap: Evidence from Child Health Outcomes in
$ Lin, Ming-Jen, Jin-Tan Liu and Nancy
Qian (2008) “More Missing Women, Fewer
Dying Girls: The Impact of Abortion on Sex Ratios at Birth and Excess Female
Lecture 6 (February 25) – Institutions
*** Acemoglu, Daron, Simon Johnson and James A. Robinson (2001) “The Colonial
Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation,” American Economic
Review, volume 91, No. 5, 1369-1401.
*** Banerjee, Abhijit and Lakshmi Iyer, (2002), “History, Institutions and Economic
Performance: The Legacy of Colonial Land Tenure Systems in India.” mimeo.
* Knack, Steven and Philip Keefer (1995) “Institutions and Economic Performance:
Cross-Country Tests Using Alternative Measures,” Economics and Politics, 7, 207-
* Acemoglu, Daron, Simon Johnson and James Robinson (2002): “Reversal of Fortune: Geography and Institutions in the Making of the Modern World Income Distribution” Quarterly Journal of Economics, volume 107, pp. 1231-1294.
$ Jones, Benjamin F. and Olken, Benjamin A. (2005): “Do Leaders Matter? National Leadership and Growth Since World War II”, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 120, (http://www.nber.org/~bolken/leaders.pdf )
*** Djankov, R. La Porta, and F. Lopez-de-Silanes and A. Shleifer (2002) ” The Regulation of Entry”, Quarterly Journal of Economics, February, 2002.
*** Timothy Besley and Robin Burgess
(2004),”Can Labor Regulation Hinder Economic Performance? Evidence from
$ Bertrand, Marianne, Djankov Simeon, Hanna, Rema and Mullainathan, Sendhil, (2006) "Does Corruption Produce Unsafe Drivers?"
*** Burgess, Robin And Rohini Pande(2003), "Do Rural Banks Matter? Evidence from the Indian Social Banking Experiment," mimeo, Yale.
***Aportela, Fernando (1998) 'The effects of financial access on savings by low-income people.' Mimeo, MIT
* Ashraf, Nava, Dean Karlan,
and Wesley Yin (2006), “Tying Odysseus to the Mast: Evidence from a Commitment
Savings Product in the
$ Karlan, Dean and J. Zinman (2008) “Expanding Credit Access: Using Randomized Supply Decisions to Estimate the Impacts”, Review of Financial Studies
No Lecture (March 18 NO CLASS – SPRING BREAK)
***Paxson, Christina (1992), “Using Weather Variability to Estimate the Response of Savings to Transitory Income in Thailand, American Economic Review 82: 15-33.
***Morduch, Jonathan (1995), "Income Smoothing and Consumption Smoothing,Journal of Economic Perspectives 9(3), Summer, pp. 103-114.
***Murdoch, Jonathan, “Risk, Production, and Saving: Theory and Evidence from Indian Households
* Townsend, Robert (1994) “Risk and Insurance in Village
*Ravallion, Martin and Shubham
Chaudhuri (1997), “Risk and Insurance in Village
$ Maccini, Sharon & Dean Yang, (2008), "Under the Weather: Health, Schooling, and Economic Consequences of Early-Life Rainfall," American Economic Review
Harsha, Markus Goldstein and Joshua Graff Zivin, 2008. “The economic impact of AIDS treatment: labor
supply in western
*** Thornton, Rebecca L. 2008. "The Demand for, and Impact of, Learning HIV Status.," American Economic Review, 98 (5):, 1829-63.
*Anne Case and Cally
Ardington “The impact of parental death on
school enrollment and achievement: Longitudinal evidence from
* Evans, Dave and Ted Miguel (2004), “Orphans
and Schooling in
(2004), “Adjusting Household Structure: School Enrollment Impacts of Child
$ Dupas, Pascaline
(2008), "Relative Risks and the Market for Sex: Teenage Pregnancy, HIV,
and Partner Selection in
Lecture 13 and Lecture 14 (April 22 and April 29) - Student presentations