- Code IDEC8081
- 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
- Areas of interest Economics
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Ligang Song
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2023
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This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.
The key concerns of this course are to understand how institutions evolve in response to changes in incentives, strategies and choices made by individuals, firms and states and how institutions affect economic performance over time. The course examines the interrelationship between incentive and institutions and the role of institutions in societal progress more broadly by:
1. Introducing the essential theories of and methodologies applied in institutional economics.
2. Providing historical and empirical evidence in applications of institutional economics.
3. Exploring how individuals, firms and the states respond to changes in institutions.
4. Analysing the role of institutions in economic performance and transition.
The course will apply case study methods that rely on institutional theories, contextual knowledge of the situation and history, and context-specific modelling.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the key theories in institutional economics and their applications.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the analytical approaches used to study issues relating to incentives and institutions.
- Apply theoretical and empirical techniques to analyse institutional changes and their impacts.
- Communicate public policy issues with respect to nurturing good institutions.
- Be able to carry out research on a topic explaining cross-country differences in economic growth performance due to institutional constraints.
A list of essay topics will be provided at the beginning of the semester. Students are welcome to choose their own topic in consultation with the course convener.
- Essay outline (up to 1,000 wds) (10) [LO 5]
- Research essay (3,000 wds) (50) [LO 5]
- Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including class time and independent study.
The primary textbook for this course is:
North, Douglass, C., 1990, Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
The course material will also draw on the following books supplemented by journal articles and book chapters on relevant issues:
- North, Douglass C., 2005, Understanding the Process of Economic Change, Princeton University Press
- Greif, Avner, 2006, Institutions and the Path to the Modern Economy, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge
- Menard, Claude (ed.), 2000, Institutions, Contracts and Organizations, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham
- Eggertsson, Trainn, 1990, Economic Behaviour and Institutions, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
- Kasper, Wolfgang and Manfred E. Streit, 1998, Institutional Economics: Social Order and Public Policy, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.
Readings will be available on the Wattle course site.
Knowledge of advanced undergraduate-level microeconomics and econometrics is required and assumed.
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