Dr. P.V. Viswanath

 

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FIN 680/ FIN 360:
The Practice of Microfinance in India
Course Outline and TimeTable

 
 

Fall 2015

 
 

Class Meeting session and Days

Topics including BB discussion for coming week

Reading Material (unless otherwise specified, chapters refer to The Economics of Microfinance)
All materials available on Blackboard unless otherwise specified

Week 1
September 11

No class meeting; read assigned material A very brief history of India
Judith Walsh's A Brief History of India

Week 2
September 18

In-class meeting;
Indian History
Recent Indian Economic History and implications for the future
BB discussion on Indian economic development

Introduction from Arvind Panagariya's India: The Emerging Giant
Webnotes: Notes on India's modern economic history.
Topics for theme papers due

Week 3
September 25

No class meeting --
BB discussion on microfinance

Topics for term papers due.

Week 4
October 2

In-class meeting;
Development Economics
Education
BB discussion on economic development

Week 5
October 9
No class meeting;
BB discussion on educationand microfinance
 

Week 6
October 16

In-class meeting;
Introduction to Microfinance
Moral Hazard problems and how Joint Liability Groups can resolve those problems;
going beyond joint liability groups;
BB discussion on microfinance

Chapter 1; Slides: Rethinking Banking; Chapter 2: Why Intervene in Credit Markets; Chapter 4: Group Lending
Chapter 5: Beyond Group Lending

Week 7
October 23

No class meeting;
BB discussion on microfinance
Dhobi Ghat viewing
Week 8
October 30
No class meeting;
BB discussion on microfinance
 
Week 9
November 6
No class meeting;
BB discussion on microfinance
 
Week 10
November 13
In-class meeting;
Adverse Selection problems and how Joint Liability Groups can resolve those problems;
Student Presentations
Chapter 5: Beyond Group Lending; Chapter 6: Savings and InsuranceStudent Presentations
Week 11
November 20
In-class meeting;
Lecture on Mumbai and Student Presentations
Student Presentations
Week 12
November 27
No class meeting;
BB discussion on microfinance
 
Week 13
December 4

In-class meeting
Lecture on Kerala and Student Presentations

 
Week 14
December 11
Preparing for the trip  
Week 15
December 18
Preparing for the trip  

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