Development Economics II (Spring 2016)
Dates: 22 February - 1 April 2016
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00-14:00 (actual teaching time: 12:15 - 13:45)
Location: Runeberginkatu 14-16, Main building of the Aalto School of Business, class room A-401
Course is organised jointly by HECER and UNU-WIDER
· The course is a continuation for the course "Development Economics I: Fundamentals”.
· The course focuses on empirical analysis in development economics.
· We will study household and individual behavior under different types of market failures and learn how to evaluate the impact of development policy interventions.
· The overall goal of this course is to help develop your ability to read and critique research in development economics.
· The first part of the course presents key concepts and methods in impact evaluations.
· The remainder of the lectures will be more oriented towards some of the key policy issues in developing countries.
· We will cover development topics related to agriculture development, microfinance, nutrition and health, conflict and ethnicity.
Lecturers: Assistant Professor Yao Pan (Aalto), Dr. Robert Gillanders (Hanken) and Dr. Saurabh Singhal (UNU-WIDER).
Course assistant: Milla Nyyssölä (milla.nyyssola(at)aalto.fi)
Textbooks: Reading list for each topic will be provided along with lecture notes.
Discussed topics from Angrist & Pischke (2008): Mostly Harmless Econometrics
Requirements: Successful completion of the course requires:
- term paper (40 % of the grade),
- presentation (10 % of the grade)
- exam (50 % of the grade).
Term paper and presentation:
The term paper is done in a group of 2-4 people. It can be either an econometric exercise or an essay based on literature. Some possible topics are given at the lecture. The paper will be presented in the last week of the course. The presentation is 20 min.
· Final exam is based on the lectures + readings
· The exam can also include more applied questions
· Exam style questions were discussed during the course in different lectures. You can go through your lecture notes to see what was discussed.
First exam: April 6th at 9.00-13.00
Retake exam: May 2nd at 16.00-20.00
Please check the public Aalto weboodi website: https://oodi.aalto.fi/a/opintjakstied.jsp?html=1&Kieli=1&Tunniste=31E16000
· Aalto students need to register for the exam and both retake exams via the Aalto weboodi during exam/retake registration period
· Hanken and University of Helsinki students will automatically be registered for the first exam. For the retake exams after that Hanken and University of Helsinki students have to register by sending an e-mail to Laura Pellikka (firstname.lastname@example.org) 7 days before the retake exam at the latest (preferably a bit earlier)
The exact exam location is not known yet. The exam hall will be announced in the morning of the exam day: Please be well on time in the morning of the exam and check the notice board in the lobby of the main building in Töölö (this is the same building where the lectures were). There you will then find information about the room or hall of the exam. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CHECK: https://into.aalto.fi/display/enmasterbiz/Examinations