Economic Growth - EC569

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5)


EC500 Microeconomics, EC502 Macroeconomics





This module covers a variety of growth issues from both empirical and theoretical views. The first part of the course deals with basic concepts of economic growth, including how to measure growth and the core theories of economic growth. The second part deals with productivity; how to measure productivity and analyse different sources of productivity growth. The third part deals with economic fundamentals, including the relationship between government policies, income inequality, and growth.

The aim of the module is to teach the basic principles of economic growth in order to answer such questions as:
- what are the determinants of growth?
- how can we improve productivity?
- what kind of role does the government play on growth?
- why are there differences in the level of income among countries?


This module appears in:

Contact hours

11 lectures
6 seminars

Method of assessment

10% Problem Sets
10% Essay
80% Examination

Preliminary reading

D Weil, Economic Growth (3rd ed), Pearson, 2013
C Jones and D Vollrath, Introduction to Economic Growth, W W Norton & Co, 2013

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

After completing this module you will be able to:
• manipulate a number of theoretical models to analyse economic growth
• understand and critically evaluate economic growth articles in academic journals
• present and debate growth issues in seminars
• form your own independent opinion on ongoing growth issues.

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