14.74 Foundations of Economic Development
Spring 2005
Links to Readings on the Web


These are required readings that are in the course reader:

Aleem, Irfan (1990) "Imperfect information, screening and the costs of informal lending: A study of a rural credit market in Pakistan." World Bank Economic Review 3, 329--349

Dreze, Jean, and Amartya Sen (1995) "Gender inequality and women"s agency." In "India: Economic Development and Social Opportunity" (Delhi: Oxford University Press) chapter 7, pp. 140--178

Probe Team (1999a) "The school environment." In "Public Report on Basic Education in India" (Delhi: Oxford University Press) chapter 4

Probe Team (1999b) "Schooling and the family." In "Public Report on Basic Education in India" (Delhi: Oxford University Press) chapter 3

Udry, Christopher (1990) "Credit markets in Northern Nigeria: Credit as insurance in a rural economy." World Bank Economic Review 4(3), 251--69

Wade, Robert (1982) "The system of administrative and political corruption: Canal irrigation in South India." Journal of Development Studies 18(3), 287--328

These are required readings that are available on the web:

Acemoglu, Daron, Simon Johnson, and James Robinson (2001) "The colonial origins of comparative development: An empirical investigation." American Economic Review 91(5), 1369-1401

Banerjee, Abhijit V. (1999) "Land reforms: Prospects and strategies." Annual Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics 1999.

Banerjee, Abhijit V., Angus Deaton, and Esther Duflo (2003) "Wealth, health and health services in rural Rajasthan," Mimeo, MIT, forthcoming in AER, 2004.

Paxson, Christina H. (1992) "Using weather variability to estimate the response of savings to transitory income in Thailand." American Economic Review 82(1), 15-33

These are suggested readings that are available on the web:

Aportela, Fernando (1998) "The effects of financial access on savings by low-income people." Mimeo, MIT

Banerjee, Abhijit V. (1997) "A theory of misgovernance." Quarterly Journal of Economics 112(4), 1289-1332

Banerjee, Abhijit V., and Esther Duflo (2000) "Reputation effects and the limits of contracting: A study of the indian software industry." Quarterly Journal of Economics 115(3), 989-1017

Banerjee, Abhijit V., and et al. (2004) `Remedying education: Evidence from two randomized experiments in india.' Mimeo, MIT

Banerjee, Abhijit V., Paul Gertler, and Maitreesh Ghatak (2002) "Empowerment and efficiency: Tenancy reform in West Bengal." Journal of Political Economy 110(2), 239--280

Basu, Kaushik, and Pham Hoang Van (1998) "The economics of child labor." American Economic Review 88(3), 412-427

Beegle, Kathleen, Rajeev Dehejia, and Roberta Gatti (2003) `Child labor, crop shocks and credit constraints.' NBER Working Paper 10088

Duflo, Esther (2001) "Schooling and labor market consequences of school construction in Indonesia: Evidence from an unusual policy experiment." American Economic Review 91(4), 795--813

Duflo, Esther (2003) "Grandmothers and granddaughters: Old-age pensions and intrahousehold allocation in South Africa." World Bank Economic Review 17(1), 1--25

Duflo, Esther, and Christopher Udry (2004) `Intrahousehold resource allocation in Cote D'ivoire: Social norms, separate accounts and consumption choices.' NBER Working Paper 10498

Duflo, Esther, and Rema Hanna (2005) `Monitoring works: getting teachers to come to school.' Mimeo, MIT coming soon

Edmonds, Eric (2004) `Child labor and schooling responses to anticipated cash transfers in south africa.' Mimeo, Dartmouth College

Greif, Avner (1993) "Contract enforceability and economic institution in early trade: The Maghribi traders coalition." American Economic Review 83(3), 525-548

Greif, Avner (1994) "Cultural beliefs and the organization of society: A historical and theoretical reflection on collectivist and individualist societies." Journal of Political Economy 102(5), 912-950

Jensen, Robert (2000) "Agricultural volatility and investments in children." American Economic Review 90(2), 399-405

Kremer, Michael, and Paul Glewwe (2003) `Teacher incentives.' NBER Working Paper 9671

La Porta, Rafael, Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes Andrei Shleifer, and Robert Vishny (1998) "Law and finance." Journal of Political Economy 106(6), 1113-1155

Lundberg, Shelly J., Robert A. Pollak, and Terence J. Wales (1996) "Do husbands and wives pool their resources? Evidence from the United Kingdom child benefit." Journal of Human Resources 32(3), 463-480

Morduch, Jonathan (1999) "The microfinance promise." Journal of Economic Literature 37(4), 1569-1614

Munshi, Kaivan and J. Myaux (2002) "Development as a Process of Social Change: An Application to the Fertility Transition," Mimeo, University of Pennsylvania

Qian, Nancy (2005) `Missing women and the price of tea in china: The e®ect of relative female income on sex imbalance.' Mimeo, MIT

Rao, Vijayendra (1993) "The rising price of husbands: A hedonic analysis of dowry increases in rural India." Journal of Political Economy 101(4), 666-677

Rose, Elaina (1999) "Consumption smoothing and excess female mortality in rural India." Review of Economics and Statistics 81(1), 41-49

Shleifer, Andrei, and Robert W. Vishny (1993) "Corruption." The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 108(3), 599-617

Subramanian, Shankar, and Angus Deaton (1996) "The demand for food and calories." Journal of Political Economy 104(1), 133-162

Thomas, Duncan (1990) "Intra-household resource allocation: An inferential approach." Journal of Human Resources 25(4), 635-664

Thomas, Duncan, and et al. (2004) `Causal effect of health on labor market outcomes: Evidence from a random assignment iron supplementtion intervention.' Mimeo, UCLA

Townsend, Robert (1995) "Financial systems in Northern Thai villages." Quarterly Journal of Economics 110(4), 1011-1046

Udry, Christopher (1996) "Gender, agricultural production, and the theory of the household." Journal of Political Economy 101(5), 1010-1045

Articles not available online:

Deaton, Angus (1997) The Analysis of Household Surveys (World Bank, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Hartmann, Betsy (1983) "The trials of a poor peasant family." In "A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village" (Zed Press) chapter 12