Readings & Topics

Week I: Background

  • Readings:
    • Part I of Hessler, Peter. Country Driving. New York: HarperCollins, 2010.
      — look particularly for issues of geography and empire
      — short paper on Part I due Monday
  • Blog topics:
    • Hypergamy: Han, Hongyun. “Trends in Educational Assortative Marriage in China from 1970 to 2000.” Demographic Research 22 (April 27, 2010): 733–70. doi:10.4054/DemRes.2010.22.24.
      — Do women marry up? Has that changed over time?
    • Territorial Disputes: Senkaku Islands, Paracels, Nine-dotted lines
    • Wars with neighbors: Sino-Indian War, Sino-Vietnam War, Sino-Soviet Conflict

Week II: Growth Models

  • Readings:
    •  Class Notes:
      — see any intermediate macro or development economics text
    • Papers applying Solow to China:
      — Bosworth, Barry P., and Susan M. Collins. “Accounting for Growth: Comparing China and India.” NBER, February 2007. 5005.
      — Song, Zheng, Kjetil Storesletten, & Fabrizio Zilibotti. “Growing Like China.” American Economic Review 101:1 (Feb 2011): 196–233. doi:10.1257/aer.101.1.196.
      — Wu, Harry. “Accounting for China’s Growth in 1952-2008: China’s Growth Performance Debate Revisited with a Newly Constructed Data Set.” Discussion paper 11-E-003. Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), January 2011. http://econpapers.repec.org/paper/etidpaper/11003.htm.
  • Blog Topics:
    • Growth models, MSExcel: discuss output from spreadsheet versions of Solow
    • Growth models, applied: discuss one or more of the above papers (Bosworth & Collins is the least technical)
    • Demographics: provide an overview of China as relevant for growth