Syllabus/achievement requirements


1.Rural Institutions

  • Credit
  • Insurance



3.Growth and development

  • Gender and Development
  • Inequality
  • Effects of the slave trade



  • Institutions and long run growth
  • Corruption
  • Political and cultural change


(See reading plan for updates and details on reading materials)

Reading list

Main Book:

Ray, D., 1998, Development Economics, Princeton University Press. Chapters 7, 10, 12, and 15

Extra Book:

Bardhan, P. & Udry, C. , 1999, Development Microeconomics. Oxford University Press Inc.Chapters 7,17 (Not essential reading)


Acemoglu, D., S. Johnson, and J. A. Robinson (2001). The colonial origins of comparative development: an empirical investigation, American Economic Review 91(5), 1369-1401.

Banarjee A. and Duflo, E. (2010). Giving credit where it is due, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, 24(3):61-80.

Beaman, L. Chattopadhyay, R. Duflo, E., Pande, R, and Topolova P. (2009). Powerful Women: Does Exposure Reduce Bias? Quarterly Journal of Economics, 124 (4): 1497-1540.

Burgess, R., and R. Pande: Do Rural Banks Matter? Evidence from the Indian Social Banking Experiment , American Economic Review, 95(3), 2005.

Cohen, J, and P. Dupas. (2010), Free Distribution or Cost-sharing? Evidence from a randomized malaria prevention experiment ,The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 125(1): 1-45.


Duflo et al. (2006), Using Randomization in Development Economics Research: A Toolkit. , J-PAL Working paper.

Fujiwara, T. (2010), Voting technology, political responsiveness, and infant health: evidence from Brazil , University of British Columbia, mimeo.

Glaeser E, La Porta L., Lopez-de-silanes F., and Schleifer, A. Do institutions cause growth? Journal of Economic Growth, Vol. 9(3): 271-303.

Jensen, R. and Oster, E. (2009). The Power of TV: Cable Television and Women's Status in India, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 124 (3): 1057-1094.

Michalopoulos S. and Papaioannou, E.(2011), Divide and Rule or the Rule of the Divided? Evidence from Africa , NBER Working Paper 17184.

Mishra, P. (2007). Emigration and wages in source countries: Evidence from Mexico , Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 88(1): 180-199.

Nunn, N. and Wantchekon (2009), The slave trade and the origins of mistrust in Africa , NBER working paper.

Olken, B, and Pande R. (2011) Corruption in Developing Countries , NBER Working Paper 17398.

Qian, N. (2008), Missing women and the price of tea in China: The effect of sex-specific earnings on sex imbalance, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 123(3): 1251-1285.


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