Microéconométrie du développement

Ects : 3

Enseignant responsable :


Volume horaire : 21

Description du contenu de l'enseignement :
Beyond the obvious differences in standard of living, what distinguishes low developed countries (LDCs) from developed countries is the functioning of markets, which are more frequently failing in LDCs. Taking this into account is of primary importance to understand the behavior of households in developing countries and to design policies able to successfully fight against poverty. The course studies these issues both theoretically and empirically by addressing several topics in which they are relevant.
The course will start with a general introduction on development microeconomics. We will then address the following issues: Market failures in developing countries, with first insights using the agricultural household model as an example; Credit and insurance markets failures, with implications on household behaviour, inequalities and adoption of innovations; Intrahousehold decision making and inequalities; Fertility, education, poverty and child labour; Migration and remittances.

Pré-requis recommandés :
A good understanding of basic microeconomics and econometric methods is preferable.
Coefficient : 3
Compétence à acquérir :
After attending the classes, students will have a solid understanding of the main market failures in developing countries and how they shape the households’ behaviors. A careful reading of academic papers on these subjects will give them the most up-to-date research on these issues, and the appropriate tools to understand the policy implications.
Mode de contrôle des connaissances :
Bibliographie, lectures recommandées
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