Case Study (Poverty and Development I)



Term / Language / Credits

A1A2 / English / 2


The objective of this course is to develop 1) knowledge and skills to read and criticize research papers in the literature of development microeconomics; 2) presentation and discussion skills; and 3) academic writing skills. We will mainly cover empirical papers and occasionally cover review and policy-oriented papers.


Development economics, Poverty, Policy, Empirical analysis, Survey, Randomized evaluation


For each paper, one student will present a paper and another will discuss it as a discussant, followed by floor discussions in which all students are expected to actively participate. Then, you will prepare a referee report of the paper you presented. The number of papers presented/discussed/reviewed per student depends on the class size and the variety of students’ research/policy interests. In the first class, we will discuss each student’s academic/professional background and research/policy interest. Our main goal is to select themes we will cover in the class. It is critical for students to organize their ideas beforehand and attend this first class (you do not need to specify any papers you are interested in then). I will also provide occasional lectures.

Teaching Methods

Lecture; Student’s presentation and formal discussion; Open floor discussion


Presentation and formal discussion; Participation; Referee reports

Required Textbook

Angrist, J. D. and J.-S. Pischke (2014). Mastering 'Metrics: The Path from Cause to Effect. Princeton University Press. (ISBN: 1400852382)

Reference Books

Wooldridge, J. M. (2013). Introductory Econometrics. 5th ed. Cengage Learning. (ISBN: 111153439X)

Notes on Taking the Course

1) Development Economics: Microeconomic Approach or equivalent, and 2) Applied Econometrics for Public Policy or equivalent.are prerequisite.

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