Methods for Cross-National Research
This is an advanced course
devoted to conceptual, statistical, and practical problems entailed in
evaluating effects of institutions, policies, or events on any kind of outcomes.
The course will process from big philosophical to minute practical issues. After
we become familiar with some examples in the recent literature, we will examine
different concepts of causality. Then we will proceed to different esimators of
Politics of Economic Growth
The course is an advanced
introduction to the literature, with a heavily methodological bent. It focuses
on identifying what we do not know and on the methods for finding out. The first
part of the course is an introduction to growth economics. The second part
examines political aspects of growth.
Political Economy Seminar
The seminar will consider some
philosophical, theoretical, and methodological issues entailed in evaluating the
impact of political institutions on economic performance, specifically on
long-term patterns of economic development and inequality. Topics will range
broadly, to include the relation between causality and counterfactuals, issues
entailed in evaluation research, a comparison of the new institutional history
with marxist development theories, as well as current statistical research on
the impact of institutions. Students will be expected to make a class
presentation and to write a bibliographic paper on the impact of a particular
institution on some aspect of economic performance.