Eric V. Edmonds
6106 Rockefeller Hall
Hanover, NH 03755-3514
Office: 308 Rockefeller Hall
Phone: (603) 646-2944
Fax: (603) 646-2122
Development economics seeks to understand the causes and consequences of persistent poverty around the world today. For several years, the Economics Department has offered an advanced level course in Development Economics (economics 74). Because of the popularity of that course, the Economics Department has added a sequence with a culminating experience in Development Economics starting in academic year 07/08.
Students interested in development economics should begin with economics 24 after economics 1 and a course in statistics (econ 10 or equivalent). Economics 24 surveys a variety of applications of economics to problems prevalent in low income countries. Additional background in economics such as economics 21 and 20 helps students get the most out of the course. Economics 24 replaces economics 74. Students who have previously completed 74 should not take economics 24 and may use 74 in place of 24 for major, minor, or modified major requirements without special permission.
After completing economics 24, 20 and 21, students may take the culminating experience in development economics, economics 44, to fulfill the requirements for the major, the modified major, the minor in economics, or another major modified with economics. Students who desire additional, relevant coursework may combine economics 24 and 44 with labor economics (economics 27) or international trade (economics 39) to make a 3 course sequence within the major, minor, etc. Ordinarily, students who opt for a three course sequence should complete the additional course in labor or trade before taking 44.
Taryn Dinkelman, Assistant Professor of Economics
Professor Dinkelman works primarily on labor markets in developing countries. Her aim is to understand the technological, legislative and institutional factors that affect the development and operation of these labor markets in middle income countries as well as in poor countries that are just starting to modernize. Recent projects include an analysis of the impact of minimum wage legislation on informal domestic workers in South Africa, a study of the role that modernizing home production technologies can play in stimulating employment in the market in rural South Africa, and the impact of information gaps regarding higher education financial aid on schooling choices among the poorest students in Chile. Professor Dinkelman teaches Econ 20.
Eric Edmonds, Professor of Economics
Professor Edmonds studies the causes and consequences of child labor, child migration, low rates of school attendance and attainment, and illiteracy in low income countries. Edmonds is Director of an international research working group on child labor centered at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn Germany and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a frequent consultant on child labor related issues to the International Labor Organization, the U.S. Department of Labor, UNICEF, and The World Bank. Recent research projects include studies of the impact of agricultural exports on child labor and schooling in poor economies, an examination of the impact of minimum age of employment regulation across poor countries, and evaluations of efforts to deter child labor through promoting education in Nepal and Bolivia. Professor Edmonds teaches econ 24 and 44.
Simone Schaner, Assistant Professor of Economics
Professor Schaner studies the health and savings decisions of households in low-income countries. Recent projects include a study of barriers to the use of formal savings accounts in Kenya and a study of how households’ health seeking behavior responds to subsidized antimalarials and malaria diagnostic tests in the Kenyan private sector.
Sandip Sukhtankar, Assistant Professor of Economics
Professor Sukhtankar's research focuses on corruption and the political economy of development. He aims to understand the incentives and constraints facing politicians and bureaucrats in developing countries. Recent projects include a study of the role political connections play in the operation of Indian sugar mills and an examination of impact of embezzlement from India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. Professor Sukhtankar teaches econ 24.
James Feyrer, Assistant Professor of Economics
Professor Feyrer's work examines the development process from an aggregate perspective. Specific interests include the macroeconomic implications of demographic change, the historic origins of modern institutions, and the determinants of capital flows between countries. He teaches econ 22 and 82.
Douglas Irwin, Professor of Economics
Professor Irwin's research focuses on past and current U.S. trade policy. He is the author of several books, most recently Free Trade under Fire. He teaches Econ 39.
Meir Kohn, Professor of Economics
Professor Kohn studies the history of economic development. He is currently engaged in two book projects: “How and Why Economies Develop and Grow: Lessons from Pre-industrial Europe and China” and “The Origins of Western Economic Success: Commerce, Finance, and Government in Pre-Industrial Europe.” He teaches econ 26.
Nina Pavcnik, Professor of Economics
Professor Pavcnik examines the consequences of trade and trade policy changes for poverty, labor markets, and firm behavior in poor countries. She has worked on an array of countries including Chile, Colombia, India, and Vietnam. She teaches econ 39 and 49.
Christopher Snyder, Professor of Economics
Professor Snyder applies microeconomic
theory to understand various issues related to the
behavior of firms and the efficient design of
incentive contracts and legal rules. Recently, he has
studied the market for pharmaceuticals, among other
specific issues trying to understand problems in the
market for vaccines. Snyder is part of an
advisory group that is designing a $1.5 billion
advanced market commitment to spur the development and
distribution to poor countries of a vaccine for
pneumococcus, a disease responsible for 1.6 million
deaths per year, mostly infants and young
children. He teaches econ 21, 35, and 81.
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