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040254 UK The challenge of Poverty (BA) (2019W)

Track in Behavioral Economics and Experiments and Policy Evaluation

8.00 ECTS (4.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 50 participants
Language: English

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Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 10.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 11.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 17.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 18.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 24.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 25.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 31.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 07.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 08.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 14.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 15.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 21.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 22.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 28.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 29.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 05.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 06.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 12.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 13.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 09.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 10.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 16.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 17.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 24.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 30.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 31.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

The course proposes an in-depth exploration into the most important issues of persistent world poverty. The following questions are explored through lectures, discussions, readings, and presentations: Why poverty persists? Are famines unavoidable? How do we make schools work for poor citizens? How do we deal with the disease burden? What do the poor do for a living? How do they manage their business? How do they finance themselves? Is micro finance useful or overrated? How do people make decisions under extreme poverty?

Assessment and permitted materials

Presentation and participation(30%).
Midterm (30%)
Final exam (40%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Basic Microeconomics

Examination topics

Module 1: Basics
Poverty measurement
A toy model of growth
Poverty traps
The role of field experiments
The Deaton’s critique

Module 2: Nutrition, health and education
Nutrition-based poverty traps
Health-based poverty traps

Module 3: Barganing, risk and savings under poverty
The household model of the poor
Risk and insurance
The economics of savings for the poor

Module 4: Psychological aspects of Poverty
Self-control
Aspirations failure
Cognitive load
Self-fulfilling prophecies

Reading list

Module 1

Ravallion, Martin (2016). Economics of poverty: History, measurement and policy. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190212766.

Module 2 and Module 3.

Banerjee, Abhijit, and Esther Duflo. Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty. PublicAffairs, 2011. ISBN: 9781586487980.

Module 4
Mind, Behavior, and Society 2015, World Bank Report 92863

Plus selected papers

Association in the course directory

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