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).
  • 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.

    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.

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?