040004 SE Further Topics in Economic Sociology (MA) (2019S)
Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution
- Registration is open from Mo 11.02.2019 09:00 to We 20.02.2019 12:00
- Registration is open from Tu 26.02.2019 09:00 to We 27.02.2019 12:00
- Deregistration possible until Th 14.03.2019 23:59
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Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
Seminar participation is 20% of the final grade.
(2) Students will be expected to submit 2 short papers for class discussion. These papers should not summarize the readings. Rather, students should produce a critical discussion of the literature for that week. The paper should present an argument. Students should address the main points in the readings but in their analysis they can focus on particular issues (theoretical weaknesses, empirical problems, things that have been ignored, ways in which the argument could be improved, etc). The papers should be 3-4 double-spaced pages. Papers are due by 10 AM the day before class. They should be provided (to me and the rest of the seminar) by e-mail.
Part of the grade for the discussion paper will be based on the student’s presentation of it. It is the students’ responsibility to lead the discussion about the readings they have written about. The rest of the class will comment on the points they have made in the short papers.
Short discussion papers and the presentations constitute 30% of the final grade.
(3) Students will be expected to write a term paper (15-20). The research paper should do the following: formulate a puzzle that addresses one of the theoretical issues emphasized during the course; review the literature related to this topic; present an argument (not a description or a summary); and explore a solution to the puzzle by presenting some evidence (whether it is statistics, a detailed comparison of different cases, an analysis of relevant historical events, etc).
The research paper constitutes 50% of the final grade.
• Lane Kenworthy 2007. Jobs with Equality (chapter 2).
• Peter Lindert 2004: Growing Public. Social Spending and Economic Growth since the Eighteen Century. Cambridge University Press (Vol I: chapter 1,2).The following are empirical pieces that aim at mapping out the evolution of inequality from different perspectives. Knowing these “facts” and thinking about the issues around them will prove helpful throughout the rest of the term.
• A. Brandolini and T. Smeeding 2008. “Inequality Patterns in Western Democracies” P. Beramendi and C. Anderson (eds) Democracy, Inequality, and Representation. Russell Sage Foundation.
• B. Milanovic 2011 The Haves and the Have Nots. Basic Books B. Milanovic 2005 Worlds Apart. Measuring International and Global Inequality, Princeton University Press.
• Nancy Birdsall, Nora Lustig et al. 2011: ‘Declining Inequality in Latin America: Some Economics, Some Politics.” (http://www.cgdev.org/files/1425092_file_Birdsall_Lustig_McLeod_FINAL.pdf)
• Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising (2011) OECD.
• Growing Unequal? Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries (2008) OECD.
• Atkinson, Anthony B. and Thomas Piketty (2007). Top Incomes over the Twentieth Century: A Contrast between Continental European and English-Speaking Countries (Volume 1). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
• Atkinson, Anthony B. and Thomas Piketty (2010). Top Incomes over the Twentieth Century: A Global Perspective (Volume 2). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Also, very useful: The World Top Income Datasets (http://gmond.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/topincomes/#Introduction:)Literature concerning Topics see Moodle