Growth and Development Economics     Spring   2016

The syllabus for this course will be available soon.

The textbook for this course is Economic Growth by David Weil. It should be available in the bookstore. Other required readings include an e-book written by me called The Growth Book and several papers by other authors. You must buy the textbook, but everything else may be found here.

The Growth Book is now available.

Here is the list of papers showing that laptops in the classroom reduce learning.

The other readings are now available.

Here is a new file with graphs on US productivity and growth.

Here is Homework 1.

Here is the Midterm Study Guide.

Here is the data called cross.xlsx used in class to illustrate regression analysis.

Here is the answer to Homework 2 (p. 75 in the book).

Here are the groups for the empirical projects:


After you have met and discussed possible research topics, please see me for approval. I will be happy to talk to you periodically as the project takes shape. The schedule for presentations will be decided by the midterm.

Also: here is an interesting book review by Easterly on Jeff Sachs' book on development policy.

Here is the article on autism and instrumental variables.




Economics 705

Growth and Development Economics

Spring 2016