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48407-01 - Vorlesung: Experimental Development Economics 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende William Georg Jack (jack.william@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Economic development is a process of trial and error, innovation and experimentation, success and failure. Given the right institutions, some not unfavorable resource endowments, and a bit of luck, incomes can grow, health can improve, and human
development can flourish; other times, things don’t turn out so well.
While the last 150 years have seen broad improvements in well -being around the world, and deep reductions in poverty have been achieved in just the last 25 years, there remains huge disparities in living standard between and within countries. There is much work to be done before we can claim to have reached a just, prosperous, and sustainable world.
Given the urgency of development challenges, it is imperative that we learn quickly from our mistakes and build robustly on our successes. The hope is that by understanding what kinds of innovations and policies “work” to improve the lives of the deprived and vulnerable, and how they work, we might be better placed to accelerate the process of development more generally. To that end, this course will provide an overview of empirical methods and analytical techniques for assessing the impact and effectiveness of development innovations at both the product and policy levels
Part I: Methodology (Online course)
1. Motivation
2. RCT basics
3. Statistical inference – basics
4. Statistical inference – more advanced
5. Regression analysis
6. RCTs – further topics
7. Power calculations
8. Difference in differences
9. Regression discontinuity designs
Part II: Empirical applications (in-person lectures)
Review of RCT and quasi-experimental studies in the developing world

Literatur There is no textbook for this course. As background, I invite students to read the following books prior to the course:
• Banerjee, Abhijit V. & Esther Duflo (2011): Poor Economics, Random House
• Duflo, Esther, Rachel Glennerster, and Michael Kremer (2007): “Using randomization in development economics research: a toolkit,” Centre for Economic Policy Research Discussion Paper No 6059.
• Deaton, Angus and Nancy Cartwright (2016): “Understanding and misunderstanding Randomized Controlled Trials,” NBER Working Paper No 22595.
• Karlan, Dean and Jacob Appel (2012): More Than Good Intentions, Plume.
I will provide further readings to complement each lecture.
Bemerkungen Use of Digital Media:
Following a short introductory lecture via skype or other web-based interface, the first week of the course will be delivered as an on-line course. The second week will be delivered as in-person lectures.

Time Schedule:
Monday 19.08.2019: 10.00 – 10:30, then online course modules 1 and 2
Tuesday 20.08.2019: online course modules 3, 4, 5
Wednesday 21.08.2019: online course modules 6 and 7
Thursday 22.08.2019: online course modules 8 and 9
Monday 26.08.2019: 9.00-12.15
Tuesday 27.08.2019: 9.00-12.30
Wednesday 28.08.2019: 9.00-12.30
Thursday 29.08.2019: 9.00-12.30
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Teilnahmebedingungen Recommended Prerequisites:
Solid understanding of business and economics on the BA level.
Intermediate Microeconomics (10134)
Introduction to Econometrics (Einführung in die Ökonometrie, 10172)
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Please register by sending an email to summerschool-wwz@unibas.ch.
All further information can be found on the website of the Summer School.
The enrollment for the course is at the same time the final registration for the exam!.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot obligatorisch


Intervall Block
Datum 19.08.2019 – 29.08.2019
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 19.08.2019 10.00-10.30 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S14 HG.32
Montag 26.08.2019 09.00-12.15 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S14 HG.32
Dienstag 27.08.2019 09.00-12.30 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S14 HG.32
Mittwoch 28.08.2019 09.00-12.30 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S14 HG.32
Donnerstag 29.08.2019 09.00-12.30 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S14 HG.32
Module Vertiefungsmodul: International Trade, Growth and the Environment (Masterstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Leistungsüberprüfung Semesterendprüfung
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Short-answer on-line quizzes in week 1. 15%
Class participation in week 2: 35%
Final examination: 50%
Date of final exam: 2. September 2019
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung An- und Abmelden: Fakultät
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ, studiendekanat-wwz@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ