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									                         List of Research Topics
                              for Students1
                                     Release: October 14, 2008


1. Topics on China:
     • Growth and international finance.
           – The evolution of the current account and the capital account after 1980.

     • Urban versus rural development: Poverty and inequality.
           – Literature:
                ∗ Ravallion, Martin, 2007. “Geographic inequity in a decentralized anti-
                  poverty program : a case study of China,” Policy Research Working
                  Paper Series 4303, The World Bank.
                ∗ Various papers by Martin Ravallion and others.

     • Pension system.
           – Compare the Chinese pension system with systems in other countries. De-
             scribe the reforms it has undergone in the past.
           – Literature:
                ∗ Feldstein, Martin (1998). “Social Security Reform in China,” NBER
                  Working Paper 6794;
                ∗ Zhao, Yaohui, and Jianguo Xu (2002). “China’s Urban Pension System:
                  Reforms and Problems,” Cato Journal, 21, 395-414.

     • Political and economic reforms in China. (Several topics)
           – Describe reforms and their potential effect on the economy.
           – Focus on one or several of the following reforms:
                ∗ Household responsibility system.
                ∗ Special economic zones.
                ∗ Trade and Foreign direct investment policy.
                ∗ The banking sector.
           – Literature:


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    The listed topics should not be taken literally. Students are most welcome to present their own ideas
     related to one of the indicated topics or to any other topic in the field of Economic Growth and
     Innovation, Economic and Financial Development, Political Economy or Economic History.




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        ∗ Jones, Derek, Cheng Li, and Ann Owen (2003).“Growth and Regional
          Inequality in China During the Reform Era,” William Davidson Institute
          Working Paper 561;
        ∗ Aghion, Philippe, Robin Burgess, Stephen Redding, and Fabrizio Zili-
          botti (2005). “Entry Liberalization and Inequality in Industrial Perfor-
          mance,” Journal of the European Economic Association, 3, 291-302.
        ∗ Aghion, Philippe, Robin Burgess, Stephen Redding, and Fabrizio Zili-
          botti (2008) “The Unequal Effects of Liberalization: Evidence from Dis-
          mantling the License Raj in India” (forthcoming in the AER, Working
          paper version available on: www.iew.uzh.ch).

• Savings behaviour and income inequality.
    – Discuss the influence of urban vs. rural savings behaviour on income inequal-
      ity in China.
    – Literature:
        ∗ Jones, Derek, Cheng Li, and Ann Owen (2003). “Growth and Regional
          Inequality in China During the Reform Era,” William Davidson Institute
          Working Paper 561;
        ∗ Wang, Yan (1995) “Permanent Income and Wealth Accumulation: A
          Cross-Sectional Study of Chinese Urban and Rural Households” Journal
          of Economic Development and Cultural Change, 43 (3), pp. 523-550.
        ∗ Yingyi Qian (1988) “Urban and Rural Household Saving in China” In-
          ternational Monetary Fund Staff Papers 35 (4): 592-627 and others.
2. General Topics:
• Income inequality within developing countries.                       (Several
  topics)
    – Discussion of results from surveys versus results from aggregate data.
    – Literature survey on trade, growth and income inequality.
    – Case study on Nigeria.
    – Literature:
        ∗ Xavier Sala-i-Martin, “The World Distribution of Income: Falling Poverty
          and Convergence, Period,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 121 (2);
        ∗ Branko Milanovic, “True World Income Distribution, 1988 and 1993:
          First Calculations on Household surveys alone,” Economic Journal, 112
          (476);
        ∗ Martin Ravallion, various papers.
        ∗ David Dollar and Aart Kraay, “Trade, Growth, and Poverty,” The Eco-
          nomic Journal, 114 (493);



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       ∗ Dani Rodrik and Francisco Rodriguez “Trade Policy and Economic Growth:
         A Skeptic’s Guide to the Cross-National Evidence, ” Working paper;
       ∗ Dani Rodrik, “Where did all the growth go? External Shocks, Social
         Conflict and Growth Collapses, ” Journal of Economic Growth, 4 (4);
       ∗ William Easterly “Life During Growth, ” Journal of Economic Growth,
         4 (3).

• Protectionism and industrial policy in developing economies.
 (Several topics)
   – Analyze advantages and disadvantage of protectionism and active government
     interventions in the economy (industrial policy) in developing economies.
   – Case study of one or several of the following countries/regions:
       ∗ South Korea
       ∗ France
       ∗ Taiwan
       ∗ Italy
       ∗ Bavaria (Germany)
       ∗ Japan

• Development and conflict.
   – Analyze (game theoretic) models of political and social conflict and their
     relevance for the theory of economic development.
   – Literature:
       ∗ Collier, Paul, and Dominic Rohner (2008). ”Democracy, Development
         and Conflict,” Journal of the European Economic Association, 6;
       ∗ Rohner, Dominic (2007). ”From Rags to Rifles: The Economics of De-
         privation, Conflict and the Welfare State”, Mimeograph, University of
         York.

• Economic globalization and culture.
   – Analyze the influence of economic globalization (trade and/or international
     capital flows) on cultural attitudes such as the willingness to compete and
     vice versa.
   – Literature overview and/or empirical work using the world values survey .
   – Literature:
       ∗ Luigi Guiso, Paola Sapienza and Luigi Zingales various papers
       ∗ Tabellini, Guido (2005), “Culture and institutions: economic develop-
         ment in the regions of Europe, working paper.



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• International Labor Standards and Child Labor Regulation.
   – Literature:
       ∗ Doepke, Matthias and Fabrizio Zilibotti (2005) “The Macroeconomics of
         Child Labor Regulation,” American Economic Review, American Eco-
         nomic Association, vol. 95(5), pages 1492-1524.
       ∗ Basu, Kaushik (1999) “Child Labor: Cause, Consequence, and Cure,
         with Remarks on International Labor Standards. Journal of Economic
         Literature, 37(3), pp. 10831119.
       ∗ Moav, Omer (2005) “Cheap Children and the Persistence of Poverty.
         Economic Journal, 115(500), pp. 88110.
       ∗ Asian Development Bank (2006) “Core Labor Standards Handbook”.
       ∗ Maskus, Keith (1997) “Should core labor standards be imposed through
         international policy” The World Bank, Development Research Group,
         Policy Research Working Paper No. 1817.
       ∗ Brown, Drusilla (2001) “Labor Standards: Where Do They Belong on the
         International Trade Agenda?” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 15(3),
         pp. 89-112.
       ∗ Pavcnik, Nina and Eric Edmonds (2005) “Child Labor in the Global
         Economy, Journal of Economic Perspectives 18(1),pp. 199-220.




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                  List of completed Papers
                         by Students

Fritschi, Marlies, “The Swiss Fiscal Federalism, Suburbanisation and the Principle of
      Fiscal Equivalence,” Semester Project, University of Zurich, September 2007.

     ık,
Kroul´ Milan, “The Evolution of Film Consumption in Post-Communist Czech Re-
     public,” Bachelor Thesis, University of Zurich, August 2008.

Mueller, Andreas, “Pension Systems and Growth,” Diploma Thesis, University of Zurich,
     November 2007. Available online:
     http://www.iew.uzh.ch/chairs/zilibotti/team/mueller/publications.html

Peyer, Thomas, “Is Globalization Good for the Poor? Revisiting the Evidence of Dollar
     and Kray,” Bachelor Thesis, University of Zurich, July 2008.

Rieder, Johanna “Inequality and Extreme Poverty in India: A Statistical Analysis,”
     Diploma Thesis, University of Zurich, September 2008.

Splett, Valentin, “Directed Technological Change with Renewable and Exhaustible Re-
     sources,” Diploma Thesis, University of Zurich, August 2008.

Zelger, Marko, “Keiretsu: Japanese Corporate Grouping and Their Impact on the
     Economy,” Semester Project, University of Zurich, April 2007.




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