Midterm Fall 2015
Please answer exactly 2 of the 3 questions below. Each question is worth 30 points total.
1): A. Define interlinkages in credit, and list at least 4 motivations for them. For each motivation, provide
a 1 sentence explanation for
EEP 152: Project guidelines
In general, what we want from this project is for a research proposal. It doesnt have to be for research
that you could actually achieve: but, the more detail you can put in to suggest that the research makes
sense, the better.
Wealth, demand for schooling, and Conditional Cash Transfer
So far, weve focused on supply-side interventions: building new schools, improving school quality. Who
should be affected most by these?
Recall our model kids go to school if:
( w1w0 ) < w0 +c
Review from last week: Last week, we found that if we accept the identification assumptions of a
difference-in-differences, a program which built many new schools in Indonesia led to kids getting more
education and, ultimately, earning more
Last time, we saw that when India mandated that banks enter poor, rural regions, borrowing from banks
went up and poverty went down in those regions. This suggests that access to banks could do a lot to
help poverty. Given that access to ban
Problem Set 3
(40 points): PROGRESA: the PROGRESA program in Mexico gave cash transfers to poor parents
for their children to attend grades 1-9. Recall the utility model we discussed in class: Children of poor
parents go to school if
EEP 152 Assignment 2:
Part A: practice empirical work
Download the spreadsheet fake_GB_data.xlsx.
These data are fake, but meant to be similar to data that might underlie the evaluation of the grameen
bank. There are 5 variables: an ID variable, a landhol
1. Education today
First, a word on statistics: The world is a much more data-rich place than it was a few decades (or even a
few years) ago. We now know a lot about what the world looks like, those data are easy to access, and
(while all data s
In 2000, over seventy percent of Indias population, and roughly three quarters of its poor, lived in
rural areas. The main livelihood in rural India remains agriculture, an activity characterized by
significant time-lags in produ
Why the emphasis Duflo places on randomized trials?
Lets think through a simple question. Suppose we wanted to test whether our
production function looks the way we think it does.
Weve already suggested a bunch of reasons that returns to capital
Problem Set 1, Fall 2016
4 questions, 25 points each.
1): In Esther Duflos talk on TED.com, she starts by making the claim that we simply
do not know whether foreign aid has been effective, and then proposes several
alternate policies where she says we do
Last time, we saw that it looks like there are high returns to capital, even for very
poor firms. This suggests that borrowing could be really beneficial. Credit market
distortions are thought to be incredibly important in economic development. Let
EEP 152: Advanced Topics in Economic Development
Instructor: Jeremy Magruder ([email protected])
Information about the course, including the syllabus, outline and lecture notes, will be available on Bspace.
This is a 3-unit course
Opening Thoughts: Economic Development
Macro and Micro Development
Development Economics is the study of poor countries, and how we can use science
to understand which programs, and which types of decisions, can improve the lives
of the worlds poor.
Topic 2: Economic Lives of the Poor
One of the challenges in thinking about the growth of countries is that there is a lot left in the A term.
That is, there are a lot of institutions, infrastructure, policy designs, etc., that could be really important t