In this section I will collect some links to useful online resources and material that is relevant for the course, and upload some of the reading material for the course (see literature list for details).
Our World in Data and the SDG-Tracker are collaborative efforts between researchers at the University of Oxford, who are the scientific editors of the website content; and the non-profit organization Global Change Data Lab, who publishes and maintains the website and the data tools. It is a public good.
A platform that publishes short pieces that summarize recent scientific articles in Development Economics and adapts them to a broader audience. Also has a podcast. From their own page:
"VoxDev is a platform for economists, policymakers, practitioners, donors, the private sector and others interested in development to discuss key policy issues. Expert contributors provide insightful commentary, analysis, and evidence on a wide range of policy challenges in formats that we hope are accessible to a wide audience interested in development."
This document explains the data and variable construction of the PWT 8.0 used in Lecture 1 for the development accounting example. Appendix B has a detailed discussion on estimates of the returns to education.
This is the paper by myself and coauthors that I will discuss in the replacement lecture on Thursday 15.9. You do not need to read the paper before the lecture, and there will not be specific questions on this paper in the exam, however this presentation can help you understand what types of questions, data and methods appear in Economics research on violence.
This is an excerpt from interview with Rachel Glennerster, discussing RCTs
and the immunization project with small incentives that we discuss in Lecture
11. There is also a link to the whole interview for those interested.