- Code IDEC8028
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject International and Developmental Economics
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
The goal of this course is to provide economics students, and those not studying economics but who have taken a Microeconomics course, with some analytically informed understanding of key international development indicators attracting both researchers and policy makers in developing economies. It focuses on empirical estimation of individual and household welfare indicators as well as microeconomic models related to these indicators.
The course has two main components. The first is a series of lectures on key international development indicators used by researchers in development microeconomics. The second is a series of discussions on some concrete empirical studies of development policies taken from high quality research around the world. Both components will be interwoven for each and every development issue considered, giving students ample opportunity to learn the foundations and directly apply them to constructively analyse real-world policy design.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On completion of the course, students will be able to
- Understand the microeconomic foundations and estimation techniques used to study some of the key development problems
- Apply these techniques to constructively analyse and design related policy interventions
- Design high quality research in development microeconomics
In-class group presentation (10%), Constructive policy briefs (20%), Research assignment (30%), Final examination (40%)
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4 hour lecture per week.
The primary textbook for this course is
Poor Economics: Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty. A. Banerjee and E. Duflo. PublicAffairs (2011)
This book, however, will not provide full reference of the material covered in this course. The course material will also draw on the following three books supplemented by journal articles, book chapters, and technical papers on the relevant issues.
Development Economics. D. Ray. Princeton University Press (1998)
Understanding Poverty. A. Banerjee, R. Benabou and D. Mookherjee, editors. Oxford University Press (2006).
Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day. D. Collins, J. Morduch, S. Rutherford, and O. Ruthven. Princeton University Press (2009).
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