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Магистратура 2019/2020

Научно-исследовательский семинар "Экономика развития и российская экономика"

Язык: английский
Кредиты: 10

Course Syllabus


This course is designed to develop basic academic skills and prepare students for starting their own research in the area of development economics and Russian economy. The course includes two parts. Part1 is taught during the 1st and 2nd modules (fall semester) and part 2 is taught in the 3rd and 4th modules (spring semester). Students will be provided with an overview of selected economic problems faced by developing countries. But the main focus of research seminar will be on refining their research skills: searching scholarly information, critical reading and reviewing, discussing empirical evidence, academic writing and presenting the research findings in effective ways. The classes are guided by different professors, each representing particular field of research. Moving gradually from one topic to another, students will be involved in class activities designed to deepen their understanding of academic and applied research: searching relevant data, reviewing theoretical and methodological literature, formulating research questions, stating hypotheses, selecting a line of argument, simulation of real conference, solving cases and preparing recommendations for decision-makers. Seminar participants are expected to work with pre-assigned literature, developing their own reading lists, working individually and in-group. All classes during 4th module will be taught on-line.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to develop basic academic skills
  • prepare students for starting their own research
  • to learn about development economics and Russian economy
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • searching scholarly information
  • reviewing theoretical and methodological literature
  • presenting the research findings in effective ways
  • formulating research questions and stating hypotheses
  • solving cases and preparing recommendations for decision-makers
  • critical reading and reviewing, discussing empirical evidence
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Topic 1. Introduction to Research seminar
    Types of research. Academic papers at HSE. HSE electronic resources.
  • Topic 2. Development economics and economic growth
    How to analyze growth and development? Physical capital and growth. Population and economic growth. Productivity and economic growth.
  • Topic 3. Institutions in developing economics
    Public Procurement. Public Procurement and Elections. Property rights.
  • Topic 4. Transport infrastructure
    Transport infrastructure in developing countries. Investments in transport infrastructure. Road congestion.
  • Topic 5. Institutions in developing economics
    Social Norms and Economic Development. Trust and Economic Development. Corruption. Decentralization of Decision-Making at Firms.
  • Topic 6. Government, governance and industrial policy
    Introduction to public policy. Industrial policy. Case study on Niskanen model.
  • Topic 7. Innovation, intellectual property rights and economic growth
    Innovation as a source of economic growth. Public support of innovations. Innovation rate and market competition.
  • Topic 8. Labor markets and economic development
    Labour markets in economic development. Migration. Labour force ageing. Unemployment types and policy solutions.
  • Topic 9. Social development and health
    Life expectancy and mortality. Healthcare behavior in developing countries. Poverty and economic inequality in developing countries.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class activities
  • non-blocking home tasks
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.5 * home tasks + 0.5 * In-class activities
  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.5 * home tasks + 0.5 * In-class activities


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Hal R. Varian. (2016). How to Build an Economic Model in Your Spare Time. The American Economist, (1), 81. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.sae.amerec.v61y2016i1p81.90

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • (Un)Happiness in Transition. (2009). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.5B2DC6D8
  • Alesina, A., & Fuchs-Schündeln, N. (2007). Good-Bye Lenin (or Not?): The Effect of Communism on People’s Preferences. American Economic Review, 97(4), 1507–1528. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.97.4.1507
  • Berkowitz, D., Lin, C., & Ma, Y. (2015). Do property rights matter? Evidence from a property law enactment. Journal of Financial Economics, (3), 583. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.eee.jfinec.v116y2015i3p583.593
  • Bhattacharya, J., Gathmann, C., & Miller, G. (2013). The Gorbachev Anti-Alcohol Campaign and Russia’s Mortality Crisis. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.6F7233B
  • Bureaucracy and public economics, Niskanen, W. A., 1994
  • Chen, Y., & Puttitanun, T. (2005). Intellectual property rights and innovation in developing countries. Journal of Development Economics, (2), 474. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.eee.deveco.v78y2005i2p474.493
  • Christopher Gerry, Tomasz Marek Mickiewicz, & Zlatko Nikoloski. (2010). Did Mass Privatisation really increase Post-Communist male mortality? UCL SSEES Economics and Business Working Paper Series. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.see.wpaper.103
  • Coviello, D., Guglielmo, A., & Spagnolo, G. (2016). The Effect of Discretion on Procurement Performance. CEPR Discussion Papers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.cpr.ceprdp.11286
  • Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson, We Thank Simeon Djankov, Rafael La Porta, Amir Licht, & Florencio Lopez-de-silanes. (2005). Unbundling Institutions. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.EAF99F7F
  • David Cutler, Angus Deaton, & Adriana Lleras-Muney. (2006). The Determinants of Mortality. Journal of Economic Perspectives, (3), 97. https://doi.org/10.1257/jep.20.3.97
  • David H. Autor, Lawrence F. Katz, & Melissa S. Kearney. (2008). Trends in U.S. Wage Inequality: Revising the Revisionists. The Review of Economics and Statistics, (2), 300. https://doi.org/10.1162/rest.90.2.300
  • Economic growth, Weil, D. N., Sharma, A., 2013
  • Falvey, R., Foster, N., & Greenaway, D. (2006). Intellectual Property Rights and Economic Growth. Review of Development Economics, 10(4), 700–719. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9361.2006.00343.x
  • George Psacharopoulos, & Harry Anthony Patrinos. (2018). Returns to investment in education: a decennial review of the global literature. Education Economics, (5), 445. https://doi.org/10.1080/09645292.2018.1484426
  • Gould, D. M., & Gruben, W. C. (1996). The role of intellectual property rights in economic growth. Journal of Development Economics, (2), 323. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.eee.deveco.v48y1996i2p323.350
  • King, R. G., & Levine, R. (1994). Capital fundamentalism, economic development, and economic growth. Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, (1), 259. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.eee.crcspp.v40y1994ip259.292
  • Knack, S., & Keefer, P. (1997). Does Social Capital Have an Economic Payoff? A Cross-Country Investigation. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.F3274BCF
  • Luigi Guiso, Paola Sapienza, & Luigi Zingales. (2006). Does Culture Affect Economic Outcomes? Journal of Economic Perspectives, (2), 23. https://doi.org/10.1257/jep.20.2.23
  • Maxim Mironov, & Ekaterina Zhuravskaya. (2016). Corruption in Procurement and the Political Cycle in Tunneling: Evidence from Financial Transactions Data. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, (2), 287. https://doi.org/10.1257/pol.20140188
  • Nicholas Bloom, James Liang, John Roberts, & Zhichun Jenny Ying. (2015). Does Working from Home Work? Evidence from a Chinese Experiment. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, (1), 165. https://doi.org/10.1093/qje/qju032
  • Roger Fouquet, & Stephen Broadberry. (2015). Seven Centuries of European Economic Growth and Decline. Journal of Economic Perspectives, (4), 227. https://doi.org/10.1257/jep.29.4.227
  • Schneider, P. H. (2005). International trade, economic growth and intellectual property rights: A panel data study of developed and developing countries. Journal of Development Economics, (2), 529. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.eee.deveco.v78y2005i2p529.547
  • Shleifer, A., & Vishny, R. W. (1993). Corruption. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.A6E149F9
  • T. Donna Chen, & Brice Nichols. (n.d.). 2013), The Economics of Transportation Systems: A Reference for Practitioners, Center for Transportation Research (www.utexas.edu/research/ctr); at www.utexas.edu/research/ctr/pdf_reports/0_6628_P1.pdf. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.FF9BFA5
  • Young, A. (1995). The Tyranny of Numbers: Confronting the Statistical Realities of the East Asian Growth Experience. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.E0974F26