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This course describes inequality around the world and analyzes tools to reduce it. Focusing on recent empirical research papers, we study policy-interventions in the areas of health, education, labor markets and gender inequality. We also shed light on the political side of development and discuss topics such as corruption, quality of politicians and the representation of poor in the political process.


Acemoglu, Daron, and Simon Johnson. 2004. Unbundling institutions. Journal of Political Economy 113: 949–95.

Beaman, Lori, Raghab Chattopadhyay, Esther Duflo, Rohini Pande, and Petia Topalova, 2009, "Powerful Women: Does Exposure Reduce Bias?" Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 124, No. 4, pp. 1497–540.­
Chattopadhyay, Raghabendra, and Esther Duflo. "Women as policy makers: Evidence from a randomized policy experiment in India." Econometrica 72.5 (2004): 1409-1443.

Pascaline Dupas:
Short-Run Subsidies and Long-Run Adoption of New Health Products: Evidence from a Field Experiment. Econometrica 82(1), pp. 197-28, January 2014

Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan. Motivating Politicians: The Impacts of Monetary Incentives on Quality and Performance.

Thomas Fujiwara
Voting Technology, Political Responsiveness, and Infant Health: Evidence from Brazil
. Econometrica, 2015, 83(2): 423-464

Robert Jensen and Emily Oster. The Power of TV: Cable Television and Women's Status in India.
Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 2009.

Gianmarco Leon
Turnout, Political Preferences and Information: Experimental Evidence from Perú.
BREAD Working Paper No. 376



Funk P. F.

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Master of Science in Economics, Core course, Fundamental knowledges, 1st year