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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, Johnson and Robinson, 2001, “The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation”, American Economic Review.

Beaman, Chattopadhyay, Duflo, Pande, and Topalova, 2009, "Powerful Women: Does Exposure Reduce Bias?Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Bertrand, and Mullainathan, 2004, “Are Emily and Greg more employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A field experiment on labor market discrimination”, American Economic Review.
Chattopadhyay and Duflo, 2004, "Women as policy makers: Evidence from a randomized policy experiment in India", Econometrica.

Dupas, 2014: “Short-Run Subsidies and Long-Run Adoption of New Health Products: Evidence from a Field Experiment, Econometrica. 

Fujiwara, 2015, “Voting Technology, Political Responsiveness, and Infant Health: Evidence from Brazil”, Econometrica.

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

Neumark, Bank, and Van Nort, 1996, “Sex discrimination in restaurant hiring: An audit study”, The Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Sala-i-Martin, 2006, “The World Distribution of Income: Falling Poverty and… Convergence, Period”, Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Tyler, Murnane and Willett, 2000, “Estimating the labor market signaling value of the GED”, The Quarterly Journal of Economics.



Funk P. F.

Course director

Venus N.


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