Syllabus/achievement requirements

Reading list

Main text

Persson, T. and G. Tabellini: Political Economics. Explaining Economic Policy, 2000. Cambridge, MA: MIT. Ch. 1-7 and 13.

Besley, Timothy: Principled Agents? The Political Economy of Good Government, 2006. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. Ch. 1 and 3.


Acemoglu, D., and J. Robinson: Inefficient Redistribution, 2001. American Political Science Review 95(3). pp. 649-661.

Besley, Timothy and Torsten Persson: The Origins of State Capacity: Property Rights, Taxation, and Politics, 2009. American Economic Review 99(4). pp.1218-1244.

Chattopadhyay, Raghabendra and Esther Duflo: Women as Policy Makers: Evidence from a Randomized Policy Experiment in India, 2004. Econometrica 72(5). pp.1409-1443.

Fisman, Raymond: Estimating the Value of Political Connections, 2001. American Economic Review 91 (4). pp. 1095-1102.

Funk , Patricia: Social Incentives and Voter Turnout: Evidence from the Swiss Mail Ballot System , 2010. Journal of the European Economic Association 8(5). pp. 1077-1103.

Grossman, G. M. and E. Helpman : Protection for sale, 1994. American Economic Review 84(4). pp. 833-850.

Khwaja, Asim Ijaz and Atif Mian: Do Lenders Favor Politically Connected Firms? Rent Provision in an Emerging Financial Market, 2005. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 120 (4). pp. 1371-1411.

Lind, J. T. : Why is there so little redistribution?, 2005. Nordic Journal of Political Economy 31. pp. 111-125.

Lind, J. T.: Do the rich vote Concervative because they are rich?, 2010. Review of Economics and Institutions. 1 (2). Article 5.

Pettersson-Lidbom, P.: Do Parties Matter for Economic Outcomes? A Regression-Discontinuity Approach, 2008. Journal of the European Economic Association 6(5). pp. 1037-1056.

Tabellini, Guido and Alberto Alesina: Voting on the Budget Deficit, 1990. American Economic Review 80 (1). pp. 37-49.

Willumsen, Fredrik: The value of political experience: Evidence from a regression discontinuity design, 2011. Mimeo, University of Oslo. 

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