Development Economics - ECON8440

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 7 15 (7.5) Zaki Wahhaj checkmark-circle


As a field of study, Development Economics has both a long history and a rapidly expanding set of issues that is considered to be within its domain today. The Foundation of Development Economics will provide a long-term perspective to the field, covering topics such as the meaning of development, the measurement of poverty and inequality, economic growth, structural transformation, industrialisation, institutions and trade. Students will be exposed to classical texts to gain an understanding of how the economic approach to these topics have evolved over time; as well as rigorous mathematical models and modern economic approaches to empirical analysis for an introduction to current methods and practices in the study of Development Economics.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 120
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods:

• Problem sets: 10%
• In Course Test (45 minutes): 10%.
• Examination (2 hours): 80%

Indicative reading

Core reading

* Bardhan, Pranab and Christopher Udry. Readings in Development Economics, Volume 1: Micro-Theory. MIT Press, 2000

* Bardhan, Pranab and Christopher Udry. Readings in Development Economics, Volume 2: Empirical Microeconomics. MIT Press, 2000.

Recommended reading

* Bardhan, Pranab and Christopher Udry. Development Microeconomics. Oxford University Press, 1999.

* Frontiers in Development Economics: The future in perspective. Meier, G., and J. Stiglitz, Eds. World Bank group, 2001

* Jones, Charles and Dietrich Vollrath. Introduction to Economic Growth. 3rd Edition. Blackwell, 2013.

The textbooks above will be supplemented by chapters from the Handbook of Development Economics and articles from such journals as American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics and Review of Economic Studies among others.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Systematically and comprehensively understand how concepts related to economic development, industrialization, structural change and growth can account for inequality and poverty

8.2 Systematically and comprehensively understand how modern theoretical methods can be used to study institutional transformation and growth of nations

8.3 Use economic models to think about problems in development at the high level of abstraction and generality

8.4 Comprehensively understand how to use old and new theories to understand causal relationships in development economics


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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