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48407-01 - Vorlesung: Experimental Development Economics 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2020
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 29.06.2020: 15.00 – 16.00
Tuesday 30.06.2020: online courses
Wednesday 01.07.2020: online courses
Thursday 02.07.2020: online courses
Monday 06.07.2020: 9.00-12.30
Tuesday 07.07.2020: 9.00-12.30
Wednesday 08.07.2020: 9.00-12.30
Thursday 09.07.2020 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 There will be an orientation for all Summer School courses an 19 February 2020, 6-7 pm in room S15, Economics Department.
All applications have to be processed through the Summer School office. Please fill in the application form, which can be found on the weblink: https://wwz.unibas.ch/de/summer-school/howtoapply/
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot obligatorisch


Intervall Block
Datum 29.06.2020 – 09.07.2020
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 29.06.2020 15.00-17.00 Uhr Juristische Fakultät, Seminarraum S6 HG.52
Montag 06.07.2020 09.00-12.30 Uhr Juristische Fakultät, Seminarraum S6 HG.52
Dienstag 07.07.2020 09.00-12.30 Uhr Juristische Fakultät, Seminarraum S6 HG.52
Mittwoch 08.07.2020 09.00-12.30 Uhr Juristische Fakultät, Seminarraum S6 HG.52
Donnerstag 09.07.2020 09.00-12.30 Uhr Juristische Fakultät, Seminarraum S6 HG.52
Module Vertiefungsmodul: International Trade, Growth and the Environment (Masterstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Leistungsüberprüfung Semesterendprüfung
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung tba
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