course
MINT177 | Autumn | 6 ECTS

Economics of Natural Resources, Conflict and Development

Sept 18 10:15 – 12:00 Sept 25 10:15 – 12:00 October 2 9:15 – 12:00 Room S5 October 9 10:15 – 12:00 Room S5 October 16 9:15 – 12:00 Room S5 October 23 No class October 30 10:15 – 12:00 Room S5 November 6 9:15 – 12:00 Room S5 November 13 10:15 – 12:00 Room S3 November 20 9:15 – 12:00 Room S5 November 27 10:15 – 12:00 Room S5 December 4 9:15 – 12:00 Room S5 December 11 No class December 18 Final exam Room S5 This course focuses on the links between politics and economic development. It will discuss how institutional factors shape poverty and economic growth, and how economic factors influence institutions and political instability, with a particular focus on the role of natural resources. We will study, among others : the legacy of historical institutions on economic performance ; the role of political leaders and the determinants of democratization ; the causes and consequences of civil wars ; the impacts of international aid. The goal of the course is to introduce key theoretical concepts and develop the policy analysis skills needed to understand and assess key arguments advanced in the broad field of political economy of development. Because both research and policy making is increasingly using micro-data, the course will be oriented toward recent empirical evidence and empirical methods. These methods will be introduced and critically discussed throughout the course, through the study of cutting-edge research papers.