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Victor A. Menaldo
POL S 588
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Comparative Political Economy

Examination of current topics in the theory and practice of comparative political economy. Content varies according to recent developments in the field and research interests of the instructor.

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This course is an introduction to the political economy of development. The questions that will be examined are: What is the role of politics in shaping economic development across countries and within countries? What political institutions matter for explaining variation in economic development, why do these institutions matter, and where did they come from? How does politics indirectly influence development through culture, education, inequality, access to finance, corruption and the provision of public goods? What is the role of international factors? The major methodological themes include motivating theories of development with micro-foundations of individual decision-making and behavior and a focus on sound causal inference achieved through advanced econometric techniques and experimental and quasi-experimental methods.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Victor A. Menaldo
Date: 09/19/2011