Lecture 8 Notes: The Eect of School Buildings on Schooling: A
The question we try to answer
Does the availability of more schools cause an increase in schooling levels?
Recall the model:
Education chosen by the parents is a
Lecture 3 Notes: Nutrition and Productivity
A simple theory of nutrition and productivity
The capacity curve (g 1)
The capacity curve: It relates income and work capacity (productivity)
Higher income better nutrition.
Better nutrition: rst used by th
Lecture 7 Notes: The Determinants of Educational Choice (Part 2)
What happens when we randomly allocate the treatment?
Suppose that we select the individuals to whom we give the free uniforms randomly within a
population of individuals. We observe sch
Lecture 6 Notes: The Determinants of Educational Choice (Part 1)
There are enormous disparities in educational outcomes:
_ Around the world
_ Across regions in the same country
_ By gender within countries
_ By income levels
_ By urban/rural residence
Lecture 10 Notes: Inside the Household, How Decisions are Made (Part 2)
Is the household unitary?
Imagine the household is unitary. Without loss of general-ity, the household is then maximizing
under the resources constraint:
B A B
Lecture 11 Notes: Formal and Informal Institutions
Agriculture: The e!ciency of land use
Share of agriculture in employment is close to 50% for the world as a whole (50%
in China, 57% in India).
Is land used e!ciently?
Farm size and productivity
Lecture 12 Notes: Colonial History, Institutions and Economic
The paper The Colonial Origins of Comparative development: An Empirical Investigation,
by Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson and James A. Robinson seeks to answer a very important
Lecture 9 Notes : Inside the household: How are decisions made within the
household (Part 1)
Until now, we have always assumed that the household was maximizing utility like an
individual. This is called the unitary model of the household.
But the househo
Lecture 5 Notes: Nutrition and Income (Part 2)
The relationship between nutrition and productivity
Is there evidence that this relationship is very steep?
There is experimental evidence that better-fed workers are more productive at physical
Lecture 4 Notes: Income and Nutrition (Part 1)
Is there a nutrition based poverty trap:
We have seen in the last lecture that in order to have a proverty trap, the capacity curve which
links todays income to tomorrow income must intersect the 45 degree li