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Empirical Methods in Development Economics

Master 2 Development Economics




Rémi Bazillier (remi.bazillier [at]

Pedagogic Team:

Tomas Barsbai, Rémi Bazillier, Catherine Bros, Lisa Chauvet, Thomas Vendryes,204,203,200_.jpg



Textbook: Soderbom & Teal, Empirical Development Economics, Routledge

Textbook Website (with datasets and do-files):



List of Students’ presentation (please fill in the document)


Lecture 1: Introduction (Rémi Bazillier)


Penn World Tables

Robert Feenstra, Robert Inklaar, Marcel Timmer, “Recasting international income differences: The next-generation Penn World Table”, voxeu, sept. 2013.


Lecture 2: OLS and Panel in Development Economics (Rémi Bazillier)



Benchmark paper #1: Cohen, D. and M. Soto (2007), “Growth and Human Capital: good data, good results”, Journal of Economic Growth, 12:51-76.


Benchmark paper #2: Schularick, M. and A.M. Taylor (2012), “Credit Booms gone Bust: Monetary Policy, Leverage Cycle, and Financial Crises, 1870-2008”, The American Economic Review, 102(2), 1029-1061.


Lecture 3: Instrumental Variables (Rémi Bazillier)



Benchmark paper #3: Miguel, Edward, Shanker Satyanath and Ernest Sergenti (2004) “Economic shocks and civil conflict: an instrumental variables approach”. Journal of Political Economy 112(4): 725-753.


Benchmark paper #4: Acemoglu, D., Gallego, F., & Robinson, J. A. (2014). Institutions, human capital and development, Annual Review of Economics. 2014. 6:875-912


Lecture 4: Program Evaluation, PSM and RDD (Rémi Bazillier)



Benchmark paper #5: Dehejia, Rajeev H. and Sadek Wahba. 1999. Causal effects in nonexperimental studies: reevaluating the evaluation of training programs. Journal of the American Statistical Association 94(448): 1053-1062.


Benchmark paper #6: Pettersson-Lidbom, Per. 2008. Do parties matter for economic outcomes? A regression discontinuity approach. Journal of the European Economic Association 6(5): 1037-1056.


Lecture 5: Selection and Heckman Procedure (Rémi Bazillier)



Benchmark paper #7: Zhu, Nong. 2002. The impacts of income gaps on migration decisions in China. China Economic Review 13(2-3): 213-30.


Lecture 6: Differences in difference and Randomized Experiment (Rémi Bazillier)



Benchmark paper #8: Besley, T. J., & Burgess, R. (2002). Can labour regulation hinder economic performance? Evidence from India, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2004, vol. 119, no1, pp. 91-134.


Benchmark paper #9: Thornton, Rebecca L. 2008. The demand for, and impact of, learning HIV Status. American Economic Review 98(5): 1829-43.


Lecture 7: Gravity and Migration (Rémi Bazillier)



Benchmark paper #10: Mayda, A. M. (2010): “International migration: a panel data analysis of the determinants of bilateral flows,” Journal of Population Economics,23(4),1249–1274.


Benchmark paper #11: Grogger, J., & Hanson, G. H. (2011). Income maximization and the selection and sorting of international migrants. Journal of Development Economics, 95(1), 42-57.


Lecture 8: Poverty and Local Development (Catherine Bros) – 8 Nov.



Benchmark paper #14: Salvatore Di Falco, Erwin Bulte (2013), The Impact of Kinship Networks on the Adoption of Risk-Mitigating Strategies in Ethiopia, World Development, Volume 43, Pages 100-110.


Benchmark paper #15: Anderson, Siwan , Francois, Patrick,   Kotwal, Ashok (2015) Clientelism in Indian Villages, American Economic Review, 105 (6) pp:1780-1816.


Lecture 9: Foreign Aid (Lisa Chauvet) – 15 Nov.



Benchmark paper #12: Brückner, M. (2013). On the simultaneity problem in the aid and growth debate. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 28(1), 126-150.


Benchmark paper #13: Rajan, R. G., & Subramanian, A. (2011). Aid, Dutch disease, and manufacturing growth. Journal of Development Economics, 94(1), 106-118.


Lecture 10: Migration – Microeconomics (Toman Barsbaï) – 22 Nov.



Benchmark paper #16: Gibson, J., D. McKenzie and S. Stillman (2010). How Important is Selection? Experimental Vs Non-experimental Measures of the Income Gains from Migration. Journal of the European Economic Association, 8(4): 913-45.


Benchmark paper #17: Clemens, M., and E. Tiongson (forthcoming). Split Decisions: Household Finance When a Policy Discontinuity Allocates Overseas Work. Review of Economics and Statistics.


Lecture 11: Culture and Institutions (Toman Barsbaï) – 29 Nov.



Benchmark paper #18: Campante, F., and D. Yanagizawa-Drott (2015). Does Religion Affect Economic Growth and Happiness? Evidence from Ramadan. Quarterly Journal of Economics,  130(2): 615-658.


Benchmark paper #19: Alesina, A., P. Giuliano, N. Nunn (2013). On the Origins of Gender Roles: Women and the Plough. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 128(2): 469-530.


Lecture 12: Institutions and Land Rights (Thomas Vendryes) – 6 Dec.



Benchmark paper #20: Deininger, K., & Jin, S. (2005). The potential of land rental markets in the process of economic development: Evidence from China. Journal of Development Economics, 78(1), 241-270.


Benchmark paper #21: Jacoby, H.G., Li, G. and Rozelle, S. (2002) "Hazards of expropriation: tenure insecurity and investment in rural China". American Economic Review 92(5): 1420–1447.