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Topics in Development, Public and Gender Economics


Corno L.

Course director

Funk P. F.

Course director

Venus N.



We study policy interventions in developing countries in various domains, e.g.: 

  • Education: what are the long-run effects of school construction programs? How can we erase racial stereotypes at school?
  • Health: Which technologies work to prevent malaria? 
  • Microfinance: A tool to fight credit constraints of the poor?
  • Social norms: How can we change traditional gender norms in developing countries?
  • Politics: Which voting tools help to increase political participation of the poor?
  • Gender: What are the effects of gender quota in politics?


The course presents frontier research in development and gender topics. The students will learn how to measure a countries' development over time, and how to compare it with other countries. Students will also be able to compare the effectiveness of policy interventions aimed at reducing poverty. 

Teaching mode

In presence

Learning methods

The professors present research papers in class. Students are encouraged to read some papers beforehand, and to be ready for a discussion in class. 

Examination information

There will be a written exam at the end of the course.