Economics serving society

DEVELOPMENT - Inequality, social interactions and institutional dynamics

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Institutions and social frictions (associated with inequalities, political conflicts, corruption, and cultural polarization) are central themes in development economics. This program 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?

Important: within the context of the covid-19 international health crisis, the 2020 PSE Summer School has been cancelled


This program gets you up to speed with the existing academic literature and current debates. It presents leading theories, different research methods, and takes stock of the empirical evidence on inequality and institutional development. On that basis, it identifies the research frontier on this topic and delineates policy challenges.

« I had the opportunity to refresh my knowledge and understandings of many topics in the development field, which was helpful in my job as advisor for policy makers in Ecuador. » Edison, 2018


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

How will professionals benefit from the programme

The programme allows you to gain a broader perspective on the development process based on recent academic work. But, it also expands your analytical skills by engaging critically with research questions and methodologies, which can inform policymakers and other stakeholders.

How will students benefit from the programme

The programme will help you to improve your research skills by introducing key concepts and critically introducing you to recent research. It will help you identify research questions and methodologies.

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