The Political Economy of Development (Entwicklungspolitik) (WiSe 2021/22)








Tag Zeit Häufigkeit Datum Raum
Montag 09:00- 11:00 Uhr Einzeltermin 04.10.2021  
Donnerstag 09:00- 17:00 Uhr Einzeltermin 20.01.2022 Scharnhorststr. 106, Cont SCH-5
Freitag 09:00- 16:00 Uhr Einzeltermin 21.01.2022 Scharnhorststr. 106, Cont SCH-5


Seminar focus

This seminar discusses the political determinants of economic and social development. Which types of political regimes foster economic growth? How do societies develop under democratic or autocratic rule? What role do political and social institutions or the legal system play? How does political conflict impact development? To tackle these questions, we will discuss seminal articles covering a long time-span of human history and several regions of the developed and developing world.

The course language is English. 



The course is open to students in the FB4 interdisciplinary Bachelor programs as well as to Bachelor students in the economics program. Prior knowledge in introductory econometrics is required. Prior knowledge in Political Economy, Public Choice Theory and/or Law & Economics is recommended.


Credit points are granted for preparing a term paper (15 pages), presenting the results in front of the class as well as for actively participating during the seminar. Each student is assigned one baseline paper. Students are expected to critically present and analyze the central aspects and methods of their baseline papers and discuss their relevance in the context of a somewhat broader academic literature.


Application and enrollment

Please apply for this course („CIW-Seminar”) by using the form provided on the CIW webpage. The application deadline is September 15, 2021. In case of questions regarding the enrollment process, please contact Clementine Kessler ( in the CIW secretary. If you have organizational questions, please reach out to Manuel Santos Silva (

Students who have successfully applied for this seminar will receive an e-mail with information on how to sign in for the Learnweb course. Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 15 participants. Once enrolled, participants can rank the topics according to their preferences. The ranking will be open September 21 to October 3, 2021 (12p.m.). The assignment of participating students to the papers will be communicated in the introductory virtual meeting on October 4, 2021. Participation in the first meeting is mandatory to enroll for the class. Additional registration for the seminar is required in QISPOS/FlexNow before the early deadline of the winter term 2021/22.


For more information and the detailed syllabus, please go to the CIW webpage.


  • Dr. Manuel Duarte Santos Silva (verantwortlich)