Alessandro Belmonte (IMT Lucca)

Econometrics

This course covers some of the most important methodological issues arising in any field of applied economics when the main scope of the analysis is to estimate causal effects. A variety of methods will be illustrated using theory and papers drawn from the recent applied literature. The aim is to bridge the step from a technical econometrics course to doing applied research. The emphasis will be on the applications. The goal is to provide students with enough knowledge to understand when these techniques are useful and how to implement each method in their empirical research.

Political Economy

The course is a relatively advanced (i.e. at the beginning graduate level) but essentially self-contained introduction to the methods and some major applications of modern political economy.

Topics:

? Institutions and ?exogenous? differences in institutions
? At the origin of institutions: From Social Choice to Political Economics
? Median voter models
? Probabilistic voting models
? Agency models of politics: Electoral accountability and career concerns
? Partisan politicians
? Redistributive politics

Introduction to Economics

(P. Zacchia): Brief introduction to microeconomics designed for students without previous exposure to it.
This module will cover the following topics, focusing on the interplay between formal models and intuitions:

- Individual choice;
- Equilibrium in competitive markets;
- Imperfectly competitive markets;
- Issues of market failures;
- Concepts of information economics.

(A. Belmonte): This course will provide with a basic introduction of the main notions in Macroeconomics.

Political Economy

The course is a relatively advanced (i.e. at the beginning graduate level) but essentially self-contained introduction to the methods and some major applications of modern political economy.

Topics:

? Institutions and ?exogenous? differences in institutions
? At the origin of institutions: From Social Choice to Political Economics
? Median voter models
? Probabilistic voting models
? Agency models of politics: Electoral accountability and career concerns
? Partisan politicians
? Redistributive politics