30145 - DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS
Course taught in English
Students are expected to have completed modules in Econometrics and Microeconomics to feel at ease with this course.
This course provides an introduction to the study of development economics. The central aim of the course is to present key theoretical models and related empirical evidence that shape our thinking of economic interactions and policy-making in developing countries. The course begins by giving an overview of growth theory in order to identify potential drivers of economic growth. The first part of the course discusses the role of human capital, history, culture and identity in affecting economic development. The course then analyzes markets and institutions in developing countries, with a focus on how informal and semi-formal institutions have developed to make up for market imperfections in developing countries. In particular, the structure of land, labor and credit markets in developing countries is introduced with a view towards understanding how imperfections in these markets affect the lives of the poor and the economy at large, and shape economic policy-making. The course has a strong applied focus. For each topic, simple theoretical models are introduced to derive testable predictions, followed by a review of the empirical results and their implications for policy.
- Introduction: Growth Models.
- The role of human capital.
- The role of institutions and corruption.
- The role of culture and identity.
- Historical determinants of growth.
- Foreign aid and development.
- Agricultural productivity and the land markets.
- Rural labor markets.
- Self-employment and firm growth.
- Financial development and microfinance.
- Program evaluation and policy design.
- Become familiar with some of the key issues related to economic development in low-income countries and poverty alleviation. They will have learned about how history, the quality of institutions, culture and social norms may affect economic development. They will understand how imperfections in rural land, labor or credit markets may hinder economic development and what kinds of policies may be effective in improving the functioning of these markets in developing countries.
- Discuss some of the key challenges related to economic development in low-income countries. They will be able to interpret and think critically about evidence on the effectiveness of various development policies implemented in low-income settings.
- Face-to-face lectures
The learning experience of this course is based on face-to-face lectures, with a strong emphasis on in-class discussions. During every lecture, students are strongly encouraged to raise questions and make comments on the theoretical and empirical material presented. The course also has a strong policy focus. Class discussions include the implications of academic studies in terms of policy-making within low-income countries.
|Continuous assessment||Partial exams||General exam|
Students have two options:
- They may take the exam in two written parts: 1st partial exam and 2nd partial exam and each part accounts for 50% of the grade (students must pass both partial exams in order to receive a final grade).
- They may take a general written exam covering the entire course material.
Teaching in the course is done mainly from journal articles. The reading list and lecture notes are posted on the Agenda you@B. The following textbooks are used throughout the course:
- D. RAY, Development Economics, Princeton Univ. Press, 1998.
- A.V. BANERJEE, E. DUFLO, Poor Economics, Public Affairs, 2011.