Economics serving society

DEVELOPMENT - Inequality, social interactions and institutional dynamics

From June 24 to June 28, 2019

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OVERVIEW

Institutions and social frictions (associated with inequalities, political conflicts, corruption, and cultural polarization) have emerged as central themes in development economics. This course takes stock of existing research and moves on to draw the outline of the current research frontier. How do institutions shape the development process? How do understudied informal institutions, such as identities and customs, interact with formal institutions? How do we interpret recent trends in inequality within low- and middle-income countries?

The programme approaches these questions by drawing on formal theory and rigorous empirical research in two core modules: “Inequality and development” and “Models of Cultural Dynamics and Social Identity”. In addition, three shorter modules develop empirical applications of the core course themes. These modules cover the role of historical legacies, civil conflict, corruption, and media in economic development. The objective of the programme is to equip you with the background and tools you need as a researcher to contribute to this dynamic field.

THEMES

Theme I: Inequality and Development (instructor: François Bourguignon)
Theme II: Models of Cultural Dynamics and Social Identity: Applications to Conflicts and Governance in Development (instructor: Thierry Verdier)
Theme III: Historical Legacies (instructor: Denis Cogneau)
Theme IV: Corruption and institutions (instructor: Ekatarina Zhuravskaya)
Theme V: Conflict and Development (instructor: Oliver Vanden Eynde)

RESEARCH LAB

We will organize daily research lab sessions. In these sessions, you will work on a research proposal in a small group of students with shared interests. We will provide feedback and guidance to help you develop this proposal over the course of the week. At the end of the programme, you will have the opportunity to present your project to our faculty.

PREREQUISITES

This course is open for graduate students in economics with strong theoretical and empirical skills.

PROFESSORS

  • François Bourguignon is emeritus professor of economics at the Paris School of Economics. He has been the director of the Paris School from 2007 to 2013. Before that he was the chief economist and senior vice-president of the World Bank in Washington. He spent the rest of his career as a professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is a specialist in public economic policy, inequality, and economic development and has authored a large number of academic papers and books. He is also active in the international development community, lecturing and advising leading international agencies as well as foreign governments. https://www.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/en/bourguignon-francois/
  • Denis Cogneau is a professor at Paris School of Economics (PSE) and permanent senior research fellow at the French Research Institute for Development, IRD, and at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). He is former director of the master programme “Public Policies and Development” of PSE and EHESS, as well as the co-director of the PSE research group GMonD, dedicated to international issues and development. He has a PhD from EHESS and a higher degree in statistics and economics from ENSAE (France). His past works deal with the distributive impact of social and economic policies in Sub-Saharan Africa and other developing countries. His current research projects have to do with the economic history of developing regions, the political economy of colonial Empires, and the economic development of Africa over the long term. https://www.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/en/cogneau-denis/
  • Oliver Vanden Eynde is an associate professor at PSE and research fellow at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He obtained his PhD at the London School of Economics in 2012, and joined the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University as a visiting research scholar in 2013-2014. He has worked on the human capital effects of military recruitment in colonial India, and the economic drivers of India’s Maoist conflict. Current research projects explore the role of security forces the military and police in the development process, the public finance of law and order, and the political economy of infrastructure provision. https://www.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/en/vanden-eynde-oliver/
  • Thierry Verdier is Ingenieur Général des Ponts et Chaussées and Professor of Economics at PSE. He graduated in Civil Engineering from Ecole Polytecnique (Paris) and Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris), and received his PhD in Economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) (Paris). His fields of interest are international trade and globalization; social interactions and cultural transmission; political economy of development; economics of crime and corruption. He is Fellow of the European Economic Association, and a former member of the European Economic Association Council. He is a Research Fellow and a former co-Director of the International Trade Programme of CEPR. https://www.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/en/verdier-thierry/
  • Ekaterina Zhuravskaya is a Professor of Economics at PSE and EHESS. She received her PhD in Economics from Harvard University. She is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in Public Policy and Development Economics programs. She got her PhD at Harvard University in 1999 and spent 10 subsequent years working as Professor of Economics at the New Economic School and as the Academic Director of the Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR). Her primary field of interests is political economics with applications to ethnic violence, culture, media, corruption, and economic history. https://www.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/en/zhuravskaya-ekaterina/

Programme Supervisor: Oliver Vanden Eynde


SCHEDULE

Monday June, 24
8.30 am - 9 am Welcome coffee
9 am - 10.30 am François Bourguignon, Inequality and Development
10.30 am - 10.45 am Break
10.45 am - 12.15 pm François Bourguignon, Inequality and Development
12.15 pm - 1.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm - 2.15 pm Research Lab
2.15 pm - 2.30 pm Break
2.30 pm - 4 pm Thierry Verdier, Models of Cultural Dynamics and Social Identity
4 pm - 4.15 pm Break
4.15 pm - 5.45 pm Thierry Verdier, Models of Cultural Dynamics and Social Identity
6 pm - 7pm Gilles Saint-Paul, Plenary Lecture
From 7 pm Welcome cocktail

Tuesday June, 25
9 am - 10.30 am François Bourguignon, Inequality and Development
10.30 am - 10.45 am Break
10.45 am - 12.15 pm François Bourguignon, Inequality and Development
12.15 pm - 1.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm - 2.30 pm Research Lab
2.30 pm - 2.45 pm Break
2.45 pm - 4.15 pm Thierry Verdier, Models of Cultural Dynamics and Social Identity
4.15 pm - 4.30 pm Break
4.30 pm - 6 pm Thierry Verdier, Models of Cultural Dynamics and Social Identity
From 6 pm Social Event

Wednesday June, 26
9 am - 10.30 am François Bourguignon, Inequality and Development
10.30 am - 10.45 am Break
10.45 am - 12.15 pm François Bourguignon, Inequality and Development
12.15 pm - 1.15 pm Lunch
1.15 pm - 2.15 pm Research Lab
2.15 pm - 2.30 pm Break
2.30 pm - 4.15 pm Denis Cogneau, Historical Legacies
4.15 pm - 4.30 pm Break
4.30 pm - 6.00 pm Denis Cogneau, Historical Legacies

Thursday June, 27
9 am - 10.30 am Thierry Verdier, Models of Cultural Dynamics and Social Identity
10.30 am - 10.45 am Break
10.45 am - 12.15 pm Thierry Verdier, Models of Cultural Dynamics and Social Identity
12.15 pm - 1.15 pm Lunch
1.15 pm - 2.15 pm Research Lab
2.15 pm - 2.30 pm Break
2.30 pm - 4.15 pm Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, Corruption and Institutions
4.15 pm - 4.30 pm Break
4.30 pm - 6.00 pm Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, Corruption and Institutions
From 6 pm Social Event

Friday June, 28
9 am - 10.45 am Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, Corruption and Institutions
10.45 am - 11 am Break
11 am - 12.15 pm Oliver Vanden Eynde, Conflict and Development
12.15 pm - 1.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm - 3 pm Research Lab
3 pm - 3.15 pm Break
3.15 pm - 4.30 pm Oliver Vanden Eynde, Conflict and Development
4.30 pm - 4.45 pm Break
4.45 pm - 6 pm Oliver Vanden Eynde, Conflict and Development
From 6 pm Farewell cocktail / Certificates