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The Indian economy has grown rapidly in the last three decades, but poverty has declined relatively slowly, malnutrition remains high, and the sex ratio remains heavily biased against women. Is this the persistence of long-standing historical disadvantages such as those faced by Scheduled Castes and Tribes? Does this reflect failures in policy, in areas such as trade, credit, or labor law? Or is the quality of governance primarily to blame? We will use the traditional theoretical and quantitative methods of an economist to consider these questions.
Format: seminar; The class will be remote, with synchronous and asynchronous elements. Lecture will be synchronous. Student presentations will be asynchronous. They will be Power-Point presentations with audio/video added. For discussion, students will submit comments ahead of time, following which further commentary will be synchronous.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
ECON 251 and 255, or equivalent, or permission of instructor
junior and senior majors
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