Does corruption favor economic growth?

As opposed to what many may think, the impact of corruption on growth is still a very controversial question. Key factors such as a country’s political regime, legal structure or governing capacities make this topic a case-by-case issue. However, a large unanimity still considers corruption as a scourge for economic development as it is still … Continue reading Does corruption favor economic growth?

Luise Eisfeld testimony

What are your past studies and professions? I was interested in societal and economic questions after High School, so I began my studies with a Sociology major and Economics minor at the University of Mannheim. I quickly realized that I actually loved the quantitative classes I had taken, so I switched to studying only Econ … Continue reading Luise Eisfeld testimony

Jump-starting America by Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson

It has become well known that the United States is a divided nation: politically with an increasing polarization, economically with more and more inequalities between poor and rich individuals, and geographically with production concentrated in a few major cities. Starting from this observation, two MIT economists, Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson, come up with an … Continue reading Jump-starting America by Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson

M2 Choice – Public Policy and Development (PPD)

Current student - Stefan Preuß  Which was your favourite course(s) and why?  There were many great classes. My top three are that on the role of institutions in development by Victor Gay, that on econometrics by Paul Seabright/Ana Gazmurri, and that on economic history by Mohamed Saleh. In all of them, the lecturers were able … Continue reading M2 Choice – Public Policy and Development (PPD)

M2 Choice – Econometrics and Empirical Economics (EEE)

Current student - Gaudéric Thiétart Which aspects of your chosen program were the most challenging? I would say what is the most challenging in M2 EEE is using and learning several software languages at the same time.  Some teachers prefer Stata or R, others want you to learn Matlab or Eviews. Sometimes it can be … Continue reading M2 Choice – Econometrics and Empirical Economics (EEE)