Objectif du cours
This course is designed to provide students with concepts and tools to understand the economics of developing countries and the development process. It mostly takes amicroperspective and provides theoretical and empirical analytical techniques to assess key issues related to poverty, inequality, the functioning of credit and labour markets, migration, agriculture and conflicts.
The course consists in 4 parts:
Part 1 – Poverty, inequality and micro-credit (SD)
- Concepts of poverty, vulnerability and inequality
- Trends of worldwide poverty and inequality
- Why poverty? Marketfailures andmissinginstitutions in credit and insurance
- Financial services for the poor: microfinance
Part 2 – Labour markets in developing countries (SD)
- Particularities of labour markets in the context of developing countries: informality
- Labour migration: definition and trends
- Multisector labour markets, informality and migration
- The economic analysis of the impact of migration
- Empirical challenges to assessing a causal impact on migration studies
Part 3 – Rural households (MC)
- Agriculture is a key for economic development: overview
- The role of technology adoption
- Farm household and food price variations
- Policies to cope food crisis
Part 4 – Civil conflicts (MC)
- Overview of the consequences and determinants of civil conflicts
- The role of income shocks
- Empirical challenges to assess a causal impact of income shocks on conflicts
- Other determinants
Lecturers : Mathieu COUTTENIER and Sylvie DEMURGER
The course consists of 24 hours of lectures (8 courses of 3 hours), scheduled from October 1, 2019 to October 23, 2019. The last session (October 23) is devoted to students presentations of their assignment (worth 50% of the total grade). The final exam, scheduled on November 13, 2019 (3hours) worth 50%.
The course evaluation has four components.
- The first component is the presentation of paper (20%). In-class presentation of the paper with slides (15min) : October 23th
- The second component is a referee report on a recent paper (30%). In-class presentation of the report with slides (10min). Each referee report should be up to 3 pages single-spaced and submit just before the course : October 23th
- The third component is an answer to the referee report and comments you add during the presentation of the paper (10min). You may also suggest credible propositions to go further. Each answer should be up to 2 pages single-spaced (30%) : November 13th
- The fourth component is a short presentation of 180 seconds of the paper you have already presented during the first component of the evaluation (20%) : November 13th
De Janvry, Alain, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. Development Economics: Theory and Practice. London: Routledge, 2016.
Ray, Debraj. Development Economics. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1998.