Readings

 
Thursday 18 January:

Harry X. Wu, K. L. Krishna. 2017. “How Does the Productivity and Economic Growth Performance of China and India Compare in the Post-Reform Era, 1981-2011?” International Productivity Monitor 33:91–113. In EconPapers.

    Points to read for. Skip the algebra, look at the tables!

  • In what sectors did “big push” capital accumulation matter most?
  • In what sectors did TFP matter most?
  • In what sectors are labor inputs changing rapidly?
  • What are some of the biggest contrasts between India and China?
    If you want to read more:

  • Warr, Peter. 2009. “Poverty Reduction through Long-Term Growth: The Thai Experience.” Asian Economic Papers 8 (2):51–76.
  • Wu, Harry X., and David T. Liang. 2017. “Accounting for the Role of Information and Communication Technology in China’s Productivity Growth.” Discussion paper. Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI). https://econpapers.repec.org/paper/etidpaper/17111.htm.
  • Bosworth, Barry P., and Susan M. Collins. 2007. “Accounting for Growth: Comparing China and India.” Working Paper 12943. Cambridge, MA: NBER. 5005. 

Thursday 25 January:

Alam, Shamma Adeeb, and Claus C. Pörtner. 2018. “Income Shocks, Contraceptive Use, and Timing of Fertility.” Journal of Development Economics 131 (March):96–103. In EconLit maybe. But definitely in SSRN and in JDevEcon (link on right, but only works on campus)

    Points to read for. Count the asterisks!

  • Does the loss of a crop lead to a decline in health?
  • Does the loss of a crop lead to the loss of men? (duh…no men, no children)
  • Is there a “rebound” after a crop loss? (Do households have a “target” number of children?)
    If you want to read more:

  • Akpandjar, George, and Carl Kitchens. 2017. “From Darkness to Light: The Effect of Electrification in Ghana, 2000–2010.” Economic Development and Cultural Change 66 (1):31–54. In EconPapers but NOT in EconLit.
  • Rosenblum, Daniel. 2015. “Unintended Consequences of Women’s Inheritance Rights on Female Mortality in India.” Economic Development and Cultural Change 63 (2):223–48. In EconLitreally.

 
Thursday 1 February:

Hahn, Youjin, Asadul Islam, Kanti Nuzhat, Russell Smyth, and Hee-Seung Yang. 2017. “Education, Marriage, and Fertility: Long-Term Evidence from a Female Stipend Program in Bangladesh.” Economic Development and Cultural Change 66 (2): 383–415. https://doi.org/10.1086/694930.

    Reading Points

  1. abstract: what is the article about?
  2. introduction: key points?
  3. conclusion:
    • how does it differ from the intro?
    • what does it say?
  4. data: from where, limitations?
  5. method: what is Figure 2 about?
  6. results:
    • what does text say?
    • count the asterisks: what do the tables say?
  7. qualifications: what do the authors point out as possible weaknesses?

 
Thurs 1 Mar

Dorin, Bruno, Jean-Charles Hourcade, and Michel Benoit-Cattin. 2013. “A World Without Farmers? The Lewis Path Revisited.” Working Papers No 47-2013. Centre International de Recherches sur l’Environnement et le Développement. 6237.

    Points to ponder

  1. What are the 4 different quadrants (one of which is empty)?
  2. So what? Does it matter in which direction agriculture evolves?
    Supplemental readings:

  • Hailu, Getu, Alfons Weersink, and Bart Minten. 2017. “Determinants of the Productivity of Teff in Ethiopia.” The European Journal of Development Research 29 (4): 866–92. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41287-016-0065-0.

 
Thurs 15 Mar

International Monetary Fund. 2017a. “Rwanda; Selected Issues.” IMF Staff Country Reports 17/214. International Monetary Fund. .

———. 2017b. “Rwanda; Staff Report for the 2017 Article IV Consultation.” IMF Staff Country Reports 17/217. International Monetary Fund.

    Points to ponder

  1. What does the IMF say are the purposes of their reports?
  2. Given our topic of fiscal issues,
    • from what/where does the Rwandan government get its revenues?
    • on what does it spend its revenues?
    • what are the levels of domestic debt?
  3. how overall is the economy doing?
  4. what specific issues does “The Fund” (IMF) flag? why?