Checking date: 28/05/2022

Course: 2023/2024

Agricultural development and rural institutions
Master in Economic Development and Growth (Plan: 242 - Estudio: 255)

Coordinating teacher: CARMONA PIDAL, JUAN ANTONIO

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
The material that is applicable for doing the optional courses
- Learn in depth theoretical concepts of institutional economics - Learn about agrarian organizations - Learn to understand and analyse the economic and social problems that are characteristic of rural areas in developing countries using the analytical categories of institutional economics. - Ability to work in team - Develop the ability to write short essays using the basic rules of scientific works - Develop the capacity to debate and question opinions with academic rigour - Develop the ability to formalize and measure economic phenomena, and contrast it using scientific hypothesis
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Program: - The economy of agricultural organizations - Agriculture and economic development in a long-term perspective - The historical development of property rights - The economics of contracts choice. - Rural credit - Rural institutions for collective action and social capital. - Agrarian and political reforms of intervention - Institutions for the development of products and markets
Learning activities and methodology
Theoretical knowledge will be acquired by: - Lectures that will provide the major theoretical and practical concepts that students are expected to acquire. - Complementary bibliography and readings will be available to students to further their knowledge of those subjects where they have greatest interest. - Discussion of articles, exercises and problems given by the teacher, and encouraging the active participation of students to solve them, either individually or in groups. Acquisition of abilities and skills through:- - Writing a short essay on the literature concerning one of the course topics - Class presentations by the student of their work, and a class discussion with other students.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Albertus, Diaz-Cayeros, Magaloni & Weingast. Authoritarian Survival and Poverty Traps: Land Reform in Mexico. World Development. 2017
  • BANERJEE, A. & ESTHER DUFLO . Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty. PublicAffairs. 2011
  • BARDHAN, Pranab . Scarcity, conflicts, and Cooperation. MIT Press. 2005
  • BATES, Robert . Beyond the miracle of the market. The political Economy of the Agrarian Development in Kenya. Cambridge University Press. 1989
  • Banerjee, A. V. and E. Duflo (2007. "The Economic Lives of the Poor. Journal of Economic Perspectives. 2007
  • FEDERICO, Giovanni . Feeding the world. An economic history of agriculture. 1800-2000, . Princeton University Press. 2006
  • Feeny, David . The Development of Property Rights in land: A Comparative Study¿. U.C.P. 1984
  • Fernández, Eva and James Simpson . Product quality or market regulation? Explaining the slow growth of Europe¿s wine cooperatives, 1880-1980¿. Economic History Review. 2017
  • Griffin, Kachman & Ichowitz. Poverty and the distribution of land. Journal of Agrarian Change:. 2002
  • Guinnane, T. ¿A Failed Institutional Transplant: Raiffeisen¿s Credit Cooperatives in Ireland, 1894-1914¿. Explorations in Economic History. 1994
  • HAYAMI, Yujiro y Vernon W.RUTTAN . Agricultural Development. An International Perspective. Baltimore and London, The Johns Hopkins University Press. 1985
  • Hayami, Y. and Otsuka. Contract choice and Enforcement in an Agrarian Community. The Case of Upland Farming in Indonesia. oxford. 1993
  • O'Rourke,. Culture, conflict and cooperation: Irish dairying before the Great War. The Economic Journal. 2007
  • Olmstead, A. L. and P. W. Rhode . Reshaping the Landscape: The Impact and Diffusion of the Tractor in American Agriculture, 1910-1960. Journal of Economic History . 2001
  • Ostrom, E. and R. Gardner . Coping with Asymmetries in the Commons: Self Governing Irrigation Systems Can Work. Journal of Economic Perspectives . 1993
  • Simpson and Carmona . Too many workers or not enough land? Why land reform fails in Spain during the 1930s. ¿, Historia Agraria . 2017
  • ray. Development Ecnoomics. Princeton. 1988
Additional Bibliography
  • ALBERTUS. Autocracy and redistribution. Cambridge. 2015
  • ALLEN, Douglas and Dean LUECK . The nature of the farm. Contracts, risk and organization in agriculture. MIT. 2002
  • ALSTON, Lee, Gary LIBECAP and Bernardo MUELLER . The Development of Property Rights on Frontiers: Endowments, Norms, and Politics.. Journal of Economic History . 2012
  • BANERJEE. Microcredit Under the Microscope: What Have We Learned in the Past Two Decades, and What Do We Need to Know. Annual Reviews of Economics. 2014
  • BANERJEE, A. Land reforms: Prospects and Strategies. MIT Department of Economics Working Paper No. 99-24. 1999
  • DEININGER and FEDER . Land institutions. Handbook of Agricultural and Ressource economics,. 2001
  • Gardner and Rausser . Handbook of Agricultural and Ressource economics,. Springer. 2001
  • LIPTON, Michael . Land Reform in Developing Countries: Property Rights and Property Wrongs. Routledge. 2009
  • MORDUCH, Jonathan. The microfinance promise. , Journal of Economic Literature. 1999
  • OLMSTEAD, Alan y Paul RHODE . Hog-Round Marketing, Seed Quality, and Government Policy: Institutional Change in U.S. Cotton Production, 1920-1960. Journal of Economic History. 2003
  • OSTROM, Elinor . Governing the commons: the evolution of institutions for collective action. Cambridge, CUP. . 1990
  • PLATTEAU, Jean-Philippe . The Evolutionary Theory of Land Rights as Applied to Sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical Assessment¿. Development Economics. 1996
  • POPKIN, S. The Rational Peasant. The Political Economy of Rural Society in Vietnam. Berkeley, University of California. 1979
  • Scott. Seeing like a state. Yale. 1998

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.