SemesterSpring Semester, 2021
DepartmentInternational Master's Program in International Studies, First Year International Master's Program in International Studies, Second Year
Course NamePoverty and Inequality in the Era of Urbanization
InstructorSU YU-HSUAN
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Week   Topic Format Readings Learning hours (including class time)
1   Introduction, Principles of Economics Lecture Class notes 9
2   Regression, Evaluation & Stata Lecture Class notes 12
3   Overview Lecture

  • UN. 2017. "New Urban Agenda."

  • UN. 2019. "World Urbanization Prospects: The 2018 Revision."

  • Banerjee and Duflo. 2007. “Economic lives of the poor.” The Journal of Economic Perspectives.

4   Poverty & Inequality Group presentation & Lecture

  • World Bank. 2015. "A Measured Approach to Ending Poverty and Boosting Shared Prosperity: Concepts, Data, and the Twin Goals."

  • Baum-Snow, Freeman, and Pavan. 2018. "Why Has Urban Inequality Increased?" American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

5   Fertility & Family Planning Group presentation & Lecture

  • Schultz. 1997. “Demand for Children in Low Income Countries.” Handbook of Population and Family Economics.

  • Miller and Babiarz. 2016. "Family Planning Program Effects: Evidence from Microdata." Population and Development Review.

  • Wang, Zhao, and Zhao. 2017. “China’s family planning policies and their labor market consequences.” Journal of Population Economics.

  • Grossman. 2019. "The unintended effects of place based programs: Fertility and health effects of urban empowerment zones." Journal of Health Economics.

6   Mortality Group presentation & Lecture

  • Leigh and Jencks. 2007. "Inequality and mortality: Long-run evidence from a panel of countries." Journal of Health Economics.

  • Ebeling. 2018. "How Has the Lower Boundary of Human Mortality Evolved, and Has It Already Stopped Decreasing?" Demography.

7   Individual research topic discussion     12
8   Missing Women & Marriage Market Group presentation & Lecture

  • Qian. 2008. “Missing Women and the Price of Tea in China: the Effect of Sex-Specific Earnings on Sex Imbalance.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics.

  • Ebenstein. 2010. “The ‘Missing Girls’ of China and the Unintended Consequences of the One Child Policy.” Journal of Human Resources.

  • Weiss, Yi, and Zhang. 2018. "Cross-Border Marriage Costs and Marriage Behavior: Theory and Evidence." International Economic Review.

9   Migration Group presentation & Lecture

  • Bazzi. 2017. “Wealth Heterogeneity and the Income Elasticity of Migration.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

  • Barsbai et al. 2017. “The Effect of Labor Migration on the Diffusion of Democracy: Evidence from a Former Soviet Republic.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

  • Howell. 2017. "Impacts of Migration and Remittances on Ethnic Income Inequality in Rural China." World Development.

10   Urban Slums Group presentation & Lecture

  • Marx, Stoker, and Suri. 2013. “The Economics of Slums in the Developing World.” Journal of Economic Perspectives.

  • Brueckner and Lall. 2015. “Cities in Developing Countries: Fueled by Rural-Urban Migration, Lacking in Tenure Security, and Short of Affordable Housing.” Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics.

  • Castells-Quintana. 2017. "Malthus living in a slum: Urban concentration, infrastructure and economic growth." Journal of Urban Economics.

11   Literature review presentations & critique Individual presentation TBD 12
12   Literature review presentations & critique Individual presentation TBD 12
13   Referee report due; exam questions & review     12
14   Final exam Individual exam   15
15   Guest lecture Lecture   12
16   Final presentations & critique Individual presentation   12
17   Final presentations & critique Individual presentation   12

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

  • Homework and Participation (15%)

  • Group Presentations (20%)

  • Literature Review Presentation and Critique (20%)

  • Exam (15%)

  • Final Paper (30%)

Textbook & Reference
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