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Study Materials


Consult the PDF syllabus for a schedule of readings arranged by topic.

Bardhan, Pranab, and Christopher Udry. Development Microeconomics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Deaton, Angus. The Analysis of Household Surveys. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press, 1997.

Ray, Debraj. Development Economics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1998.

Additional Readings
Angrist, Joshua. "How Do Sex Ratios Affect Marriage and Labor Markets? Evidence from America's Second Generation." IZA Discussion Paper No 368. Bonn, Germany: Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), 2001.

Angrist, Joshua, and Alan Krueger. "Empirical Strategies in Labor Economics." Chap. 23 in Orley Ashenfelter and David E. Card, Handbook of Labor Economics. Vol. 3. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1999. (Recommended Reading)

Angrist, Joshua, and Alan Krueger. "Instrumental Variables and the Search for Identification: From Supply and Demand to Natural Experiments." Journal of Economic Perspectives 15, 4 (2001): 69-87.

Angrist, Joshua, and Victor Lavy. "Using Maimonides' Rule to Estimate the Effect of Class Size on Scholastic Achievement." Quarterly Journal of Economics 114, 2 (1999): 533-575.

Banerjee, Abhijit. "A Simple Model of Herd Behavior." The Quarterly Journal of Economics 107, 3: 797-817.

Banerjee, Abhijit. "Contracting Constraints, Credit Markets and Economic Development." In Advances in Economics and Econometrics: Theory and Applications. Eight World Congress of the Econometric Society. Edited by M. Dewatripoint, L. Hansen, and S. Turnovsky. Vol. III. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 1-46.

Banerjee, Abhijit. "Prospects and Strategies for Land Reforms." In Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics 1999. Edited by B. Pleskovic and J. Stiglitz. Washington, D.C.: World Bank, 1999, pp. 253-284.

Banerjee, Abhijit, and Esther Duflo. "Do Firms Want to Borrow More? Testing Credit Constraints Using a Directed Lending Program." 2002.

Banerjee, Abhijit, and Esther Duflo. "Reputation Effects and the Limits of Contracting: A study of the Indian Software Industry." Quarterly Journal of Economics 115, 3 (2000): 989-1017.

Banerjee, Abhijit, and Kaivan Munshi. "How Efficiently is Capital Allocated? Evidence from the Knitted Garment Industry in Tirupur." Review of Economic Studies (forthcoming).

Banerjee, Abhijit, Paul Gertler, and Maitresh Ghatak. "Empowerment and Efficiency: Tenancy Reform in West Bengal." Journal of Political Economy 110, 2 (2002): 239-280.

Basu, Susanto, and David N. Weil. "Appropriate Technology and Growth." The Quarterly Journal of Economics 113, 4 (Nov. 1998): 1025-54.

Besley, Timothy, and Robin Burgess. "Land Reform, Poverty Reduction, and Growth: Evidence from India." Quarterly Journal of Economics 115, 2 (2000): 389-430.

Boyce, J., and B. Hartmann. A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village. London: Zed Press , 1983, chaps. 1, 12, and 13.

Browning, Martin, and Pierre-Andre Chiappori. "Efficient Intra-household Allocations: A General Characterization and Empirical Tests." Econometrica 66, 6 (1998): 1241-1278.

Burgess, Robin, and Rohini Pande. "Do Rural Banks Matter? Evidence from the Indian Social Banking Experiment." Washington, DC: IMF 2002.

Chiappori, Pierre-Andre, Bernard Fortin, and Guy Lacroix. "Marriage Market, Divorce Legislation and Household Labor Supply." CIRANO Working Paper, 2001.

Dasgupta, Partha, and Debraj Ray. "Inequality as a Determinant of Malnutrition and Unemployment: Theory." The Economic Journal 96, 384 (1986): 1011-1034.

Duflo, Esther. "Grandmothers and Granddaughters: Old Age Pension and Intra-household Allocation in South Africa." Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Economics, Working paper WP 00-05. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 2000.

Duflo, Esther. "Schooling and Labor Market Consequences of School Construction in Indonesia: Evidence from an Unusual Policy Experiment." American Economic Review 91, 4 (2001): 795-813.

Duflo, Esther. "The Medium Run Consequences of Educational Expansion: Evidence from a Large School Construction Program in Indonesia." Journal of Development Economics (forthcoming).

Duflo, Esther, and Christopher Udry. "Intrahousehold Resource Allocation in Côte d'Ivoire: Social Norms, Separate Accounts and Consumption Choices." Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) Working Paper, 2001.

Ellison, G., and D. Fudenberg. "Rules of Thumb for Social Learning." Journal of Political Economy 101, 4 (1993): 612-643.

Foster, A. D., and M. R. Rosenzweig. "Learning by Doing and Learning from Others: Human Capital and Technical Change in Agriculture." Journal of Political Economy 103, 6 (1995): 1176-1209.

Galor, O., and David N. Weil. "The Gender Gap, Fertility, and Growth." American Economic Review 86, 3 (1996): 374-387.

Garg, Ashish, and Jonathan Morduch. "Sibling Rivalry and the Gender Gap: Evidence from Child Health Outcomes in Ghana." Journal of Population Economics 11, 4 (1998): 471-493.

Greif, Avner. "Contract Enforceability and Economic Institutions in Early Trade: The Maghribi Traders' Coalition." American Economic Review 83, 3 (1993): 525-548.

Karlan, Dean. "Social Capital and Group Banking." Working Paper, Princeton University, 2002.

Klenow, P., and A. Rodriguez-Clare. "The Neoclassical Revival in Growth Economics: Has it Gone too Far?" In NBER Macroeconomics Annual. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1997, pp. 73-114.

Kremer, M. "Creating Markets for New Vaccines: Part I: Rationale." In Innovation Policy and the Economy. Vol. 1. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2001.

Kremer, M. "Creating Markets for New Vaccines: Part II: Design Issues." Innovation Policy and the Economy. Vol. 1. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2001.

Kremer, M. "Population Growth and Technological Change: 1,000,000 B.C. to 1990." Quarterly Journal of Economics 108, 3 (August 1993): 681-716. (Reprinted in Economic Growth: Theory and Evidence. Edited by Gene Grossman. Cheltenham, UK: Elgar Reference Collection, 1996; and in Population Economics. Edited by Julian Simon, forthcoming.)

Kremer, M. "The O-Ring Theory of Economic Development." The Quarterly Journal of Economics 108, 3 (1993): 551-575.

Malthus, T. R. "Essay on the Principle of Population 1798." Chaps. 1 and 2 in The Works of Thomas Robert Malthus. London: Pickering & Chatto Publishers Limited, 1986.

Meyer, Bruce D. "Natural and quasi-experiments in economics." Journal of Business and Economic Statistics 13, 2 (1995): 151-161.

Miguel, Edward, and Michael Kremer. "Worms: Education and Health Externalities in Kenya." NBER Working Paper No. w8481, 2001.

Morduch, Jonathan. "The Microfinance Promise." Journal of Economic Literature 37, 4 (1999): 1569-1614.

Pitt, Mark, and Shahidur Khandker. "The Impact of Group-based Credit Programs on Poor Households in Bangladesh: Does the Gender of Participants Matter?" Journal of Political Economy 106, 5 (1998): 958-996.

Shaban, Radwan. "Testing between Competing Models of Sharecropping." Journal of Political Economy 95, 5 (1987): 893-920.

Srinivasan, T. N. "Destitution: A Discourse." Journal of Economic Literature 32, 4 (1994): 1842-55.

Strauss, John, and Duncan Thomas. "Human Resources: Empirical Modeling of Household and Family Decisions." In Handbook of Development Economics. Vol. 3. Edited by Behrman, Jere and T. N. Srinivasan. Amsterdam: North Holland, 1995, pp. 1885-2023.

Subramanian, Shankar, and Angus Deaton. "The Demand for Food and Calories." Journal of Political Economy 104, 1 (1996): 133-62.

Tirole, Jean. "A Theory of Collective Reputations (With Applications to the Persistence of Corruption and to Firm Quality)." Review of Economic Studies 63, 1 (1996): 1-22.

Udry, Christopher. "Gender, Agricultural Production, and the Theory of the Household." Journal of Political Economy 104, 5 (1996): 1010-1045.



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