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Development Economics

Module Code: EC404B

Module Name: Development Economics

  • ECTS weighting: 10
  • Semester/term taught: Michaelmas Term
  • Contact Hours: 22 hours of lectures and 5 hours of tutorials
  • Module Personnel: Lecturer – Carol Newman

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module, students will be able to:

  • Confidently discuss papers in the field of Development Economics;
  • Critically evaluate contributions to the field of Development Economics.
  • Solve theoretical models;
  • Discuss the results of empirical models;

Module Content

The course will cover a range of topics in the field of Development Economics. We will begin Michealmas Term by providing an overview of the main methodologies used in the field focussing in particular on the experimental approach to economics and behavioural economics more generally. We then provide an overview of the key challenges facing low-income countries focussing in particular on poverty and economic growth. We will cover topics of relevance to developing country economies including agriculture, industry and the informal sector.

Throughout the course there will be a strong emphasis on experimental settings. Active participation of students will be sought.

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Recommended Reading List

This module will cover state-of-the-art contributions in the fields of Development Economics. A detailed reading list will follow.

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Module Pre Requisite


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Assessment Details

The overall grade for the course is based on a take-home exam (70%) and one piece of project work to be handed in during the semester (30%).

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