Paris School of Economics - École d'Économie de Paris

La science économique au service de la société

DEVELOPPEMENT - Inégalités, interactions sociales et dynamiques institutionnelles

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From June 24 to June 28, 2019

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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 « Institutions and Social Frictions ». In addition, two shorter modules develop empirical applications of the core course themes. These modules cover the role of 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.


Theme I : Inequality and Development (instructor : François Bourguignon)
Theme II : Formal and Informal Institutions (instructor : Thierry Verdier)
Theme III : Corruption and institutions (instructor : Ekatarina Zhuravskaya)
Theme IV : Economic Development and Conflict (instructor : Oliver Vanden Eynde)
Theme V - optional : Historical Legacies (instructor : Denis Cogneau)
Round table discussion : Directions for research on the political economy and institutions


Students will have the opportunity to submit work to be presented and discussed by fellow students and faculty in daily workshops. On each day, we organize an interactive 1-1.5 hour workshop with faculty and students, around specific research papers and policy questions. You will have the opportunity to submit a research paper in May to be presented at these workshops. At least one workshop session will be devoted to the presentation of policy agendas, by participants who are currently working in international organizations, NGOs, or government agencies.


Graduates in economics with strong theoretical and empirical skills.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Programme Supervisor : Oliver Vanden Eynde

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