EPIIC Archives


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Tuesday, September 4

Introduction to the EPIIC year, Part I 

Thursday, September 6

Introduction to the EPIIC year, Part II 

Tuesday, September 11

Poverty and Violence: An Overview

Lecturer: Jim Shyne



• The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier (chapters 1,2 & 8)

• Profiting from Peace, Ballentine and Nitzschke (chapters 1, 2 & 12)

• Too Poor for Peace?, Brainard & Chollet (chapters 1-3 (skim chapters 4-10)

• Pathologies of Power, Paul Farmer, Forward by Amartya Sen (Introduction and chapter 1)

• Capitalism's Achilles Heel by Raymond Baker, (Prologue and chapters 1 & 2 (skim chapter 3)

• Poverty in World History, Steven M. Beaudoin, all


• "The Political Economy of Armed Conflict", Karen Ballentine and Jake Sherman, Intro & Part I (pp. 1-70) 

Thursday, September 13

Rosh Hashanah – No Class



• Capitalism's Achilles Heel by Raymond Baker, all

• Poor People, William T. Vollman, all

• The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier, all 

Tuesday, September 18

Lecturer: Fred Berger



“Divergence, Big Time”, Lant Pritchett, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Summer 1997, pp 3-17)

• “The World Distribution of Income: Falling Poverty and Convergence, Period”, Xavier Sala-i-Martin, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. CXXI May 2006 Issue 2, pp 351-397

• “The Microfinance Promise”, Jonathan Morduch, Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. 37 No 4 (Dec 1999) pp 1569-1614

• “Beyonf Microfinance: Getting Capital to Small and Medium Enterprises to Fuel Faster Development”, David De Ferranti and Anthony J. Ody, The Brookings Institution Policy Brief #159, March 2007

• “The Missing Parts of Microfinance: Services for Consumption and Insurance”, Timothy H Nourse, SAIS Review vol. XXI No. 1 (Winter Spring 2001) pp 61-70

• “Dead Capital and the Poor”, Hernando De Soto, SAIS Review, vol XXI no 1 (Winter-Spring 2001) pp13 – 44

• “Do Property Titles Increase Credit Access Among the Urban Poor? Evidence from a Nationwide Titling Program”, Erica Field and Maximo Torero, March 2006 (working paper 28 pp)

• NYTimes China and Africa Series (there are three of them), Howard French and Lydia Polgreen (“China, Filling a Void, Drills for Riches in Chad.” The New York Times. August 13, 2007; “Entrepreneurs From China Flourish in Africa.” The New York Times. August 18, 2007; “China’s Trade in Africa Carries a Price Tag.” The New York Times. August 21, 2007)

• “Odious Debt Wears Two Faces: Systematic Illegitimacy, Problems and Opportunities in Traditional Odious Debt Conceptions in Globalized Economic Regimes”, Larry Cata Backer, Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University.  February, 2007

• “Odious Debt:  When Dictators Borrow, Who Repays the Loan.”Michael Kremer and Seema Jayachandran. The Brookings Review.  Vol. 21, No. 2.  Pgs. 32-35

• “Aid, Policy and Growth in Post-Conflict Societies”, Paul Collier and Anke Hoeffler, World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 2902, 2002

• The draft World Bank Group Strategic Planning Exercise 

• “Monitoring Corruption: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia”, Benjamin Olken, Journal of Political Economy 115 (2): April 2007. Pgs. 200-249. 

Thursday, September 20


Lecturer: Rachel Glennister of the Poverty Action Lab/Ajaita Shah/Rachel Bergenfield


• Development Economics:  Micro Foundations and Policy Analysis, Julie Schaffner (Introduction; Chapter 2: Well-being and Living Standards; Chapter 4: Poverty, Inequality and Vulnerability; Chapter 10: Rigorous and Practical Policy Analysis) 

Tuesday, September 25

First Exam (Tisch 304) 

Thursday, September 27

Overview of Econometrics and Development Theories, Terms

Lecturers: Matt MacGregor and Jim Shyne

No Assigned Readings 

Friday, September 28-Sunday, September 30

Outward Bound Weekend Immersion

Guest Lecturer: Jack Blum



• Capitalism’s Achilles Heel, Raymond Baker, all

• Global Outlaws: Crime, Money and Power in the Contemporary World, Carolyn Nordstrom, all


• “Fighting Poverty and Corruption: Integrating the Fight Against Corruption into the PRS Process – Analysis and Recommendations for Development Cooperation”, Walter Eberlei et al.

• “Corruption and Poverty: A Review of Recent Literature” (Final Report), Eric Chetwynd et al.

• The Education of Henry Adams, Henry Adams, chapters 1 and 16-25 

Tuesday, October 2

Econometrics Continued

Lecturer: Jim Shyne

No Assigned Readings 

Thursday, October 4

Corporate Social Responsibility/Children, Education and Poverty

Guest Speakers: Marcy Murningham/Don Wertlieb


• “The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship,” original draft, J. Gregory Dees, 31 October 1998; reformatted and revised, 30 May 2001  

• “The Social Enterprise Spectrum: Philanthropy to Commerce,” J. Gregory Dees, Harvard Business School Publishing, 9-396-343, 1996  

• “Philanthropy and Enterprise: Harnessing the Power of Business and Entrepreneurship for Social Change,” J. Gregory Dees, a paper presented to the Aspen Institute “Social Enterprise and Private Enterprise,” 2 August 2007    

• “Creating Social Capital Markets for Fourth Sector Organizations: Opportunities and Challenges,” Meeting Summary of the Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program and the Fourth Sector Network, in collaboration with the Calvert Social Investment Foundation and The Case Foundation, New York, 14 June 2007    

• “The Responsibilities of Corporations and Their Owners,” John Simon, Charles Powers, and Jon Gunneman, The Ethical Investor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1972), pp. 15-64

• "Corporations and Social Responsibility:  An Historical Perspective", Marcy Murninghan, The Social Investment Almanac 1992, pp. 86-94     

• A Corporate Democracy and the Legacy of the South African Divestment Movement, Robert K. Massie, Jr., in Stackhouse, et al., On Moral Business: Classical and Contemporary Resources for Ethics in Economic Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1995), pp. 577-583    

FT REPORT – “Responsible Business: Now firmly in the mainstream,” John Willman, Financial Times, 2 July 2007     

FT REPORT – “Responsible Business: The lessons we have learnt,” Alison Maitland, Financial Times, 3 July 2007    

• “100 Best Corporate Citizens 2007,” and “Methodology,” compiled by KLD Research & Analytics and published by CRO Magazine, Jan / Feb 2007    

• “Building the Institutional Infrastructure for Corporate Social Responsibility,” Sandra Waddock, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative Working Paper No. 32, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, December 2006     

• “Citizen’s Guide to Supercapitalism,” from Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life, Robert Reich, (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, September 2007), pp. 209-225      

• “Laws and Charters,” in The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It, Paul Collier, (New York: Oxford University Press, April 2007) pp. 134-156 

• “Leveraging the Development Impact of Business in the Fight Against Global Poverty,” Jane Nelson, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative Working Paper No. 22, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, April 2006      

• “Business and Human Rights: The Evolving International Agenda,” John Ruggie, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative Working Paper No. 38, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, June 2007     

• “A New Kind of Voter Education Project: Responsible Equity Ownership & the Public Interest,” Marcy Murninghan, Value Vol. 1, No.1 (Jan/Feb 2006), pp. 60-62     

• “Investors Filing Record Number of Social and Environmental Shareholder Resolutions in 2007,” press release from the Social Investment Forum, 30 May 2007  http://www.socialinvest.org/documents/2007ProxySeasonPreview_001.pdf     

• “NYCERS: Walkin’ the Activist Walk,” Hugh Wheelan,  Responsible Investor, September 2007  http://www.responsible-investor.com/beta/article/nycers/    

• Principles for Responsible Investment (Geneva: United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative, 2007)   http://www.unpri.org/files/pri.pdf     

• “Signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment,” UNEP FI, August 2007   http://www.unpri.org/signatories/      

• “Sudan Divestment Initiative Grows,” L. Reed Walton, a report from Institutional Shareholder Services,  6 August 2007  http://blog.issproxy.com/2007/08/sudan_divestment_initiative_gr.html

Global Framework for Climate Risk Disclosure:  A statement of investor expectations for comprehensive corporate disclosure, CERES et al., a report of the Global Climate Risk Initiative, October 2006

• “Executive Summary:  College Sustainability Report Card 2007,” a report of the Sustainable Endowments Institute (Cambridge, MA:  2007)

• “Tufts University” from College Sustainability Report Card 2007 

A Call for Action: Consensus Principles and Recommendations from the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, USCAP, January, 2007 (www.us-cap.org)

• “Scrubbing the Sky: Climate Change and the Productive Center,” Marcy Murningham, Special Issue on Climate, Water & Oil, New England Journal of Public Policy 21 (July 2007), pp. 65-86 





Tuesday, October 9

No Class – Monday’s Schedule



• Excerpt from Superclass manuscript, David Rothkopf 

Thursday, October 11

Guest Lecturer: Mort Rosenblum



• Escaping Plato’s Cave, Mort Rosenblum 

Friday, October 12

First Paper Due by 3pm, emailed to Heather