Development Economics

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Debraj Ray: Development Economics, illustrated edition, Princeton University Press, 1998 (Teaching Material)

Jingyi Ye: Development Economics, Peking University Press, 2007

Justin Yifu Lin, Fang Cai, Zhou Li: The China Miracle: Development Strategy and Economic Reform, Enlarged Edition, Shanghai People Publishing House, 1999

Yifu Lin, Fang Cai: China's Economy, China Financial & Economic Publishing House, 2003

Theodore W. Schultz: Transforming Traditional Agriculture, Ayer Co Pub, 1976

Theodore W. Schultz: Origins of Increasing Returns, Wiley-Blackwell, 1993

Hollis Chenery, Moises Syrquin: Patterns of Development, 1950-1970, Oxford University Press, 1992

Yang Yao: Liberty, Justice and transitional Institution, He'nan People Pressing House, 2002

Yang Yao: Institution and Efficiency --- Talk to D. North, Sichuan People Pressing House, 2002

Structure of the Course:

1.       International Comparison of Economic Development

2.       Population and Economic Growth

2.1   Demographic Transition

2.2   Population Theory

2.3   Population and Growth: Ricardian Model

3.       Agriculture and Economic Development

3.1   Transforming Traditional Agriculture

3.2   High-level Equilibrium: Why did the Industrial Revolution not occur in China?

3.3   Issue concerning Agriculture, Countryside and Farmers

4.       Structural Change and Urbanization

4.1   Contribution of structural Change to Economic Growth

4.2   The Process of Urbanization

4.3   Immigration from Countryside to City

5.       Dual Structure and Economic Development

5.1   Lewis's Dual Structure Model

5.2   Explanation and Expansion of Lewis's Model

5.3   China's Dual Structure and its Implication

6.       The problem of capital Accumulation in the classical Theory of Development Economics

6.1   From Adam Smith to Karl Marx

6.2   Solow growth model and its Modification

6.3   Harrod & Doma Model

7.       Increasing Returns and Economic Development

7.1   Categories of Increasing Returns

7.2   AK Model

7.3   Big Push Theory: Rosenstein-Rodan Model

8.       Technological Changes

8.1   Categories of technological Changes

8.2   The Measurement of technological Changes

8.3   Choice of Technology: Induced Technology Transfer

8.4   Choice of Technology: Backwardness Advantages

9.       Trade and Uneven Development

9.1   Classical Trade Theory

9.2   Multiple Equilibrium and Infant Industry Protection

9.3   Trade and Uneven Development

10.   Open-door to the outside world

10.1    Two-gap Model and Foreign Investment

10.2    Contribution of Export to Economic Growth

10.3    Foreign Investment and domestic Technology Progression

10.4    Trade and Technology Catch-up

11.   Finance and Economic Development

11.1    The Function of Finance

11.2    Theory of Financial Depression and Financial Deepening

11.3    Choice of Financial System

11.4    The Rule of the law and Financial Development

12.   Natural Resources and Environment

12.1    Graham Puzzle: Why does the economic development of Resource-poor Countries exceed that of Resource-rich Countries?

12.2    The Dutch Disease

12.3    Environmental Problems

12.4    Environmental Kuznets Curve

12.5    Sustainable Development

13.   Poverty and Famine

13.1    The Measurement of Poverty

13.2    Poverty Share in the Family

13.3    An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation of Amartya Sen

14.   Income Distribution and Economic Development

14.1    Kuznets Curve

14.2    Reasons of Income Inequality

14.3    Income Inequality in China

14.4    Influence Approach of Income Inequality on Economic Development

15.   Market and Country

15.1    Market and Country

15.2    Political System and Economic Development

16.   Institution and Economic Development

16.1    What is Institution

16.2    North''s Theory of Institutional Change

16.3    Hypothesis of effective Institutional Transition

16.4    Limits of Institution

17.   Harmonious Society and Social Fairness Theory


Regular attendance, participation, 10 homework: 20%

Term Paper: 30%

Final Exam: 50%

Credits & Workload:

4 Credits & 4 hours per Week (teaching) + 2 hours per Week (tutoring); 15 Weeks, 60 hours (teaching) + 30 hours (tutoring)

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