Development Economics - ECON8780

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The goal of this course is to present the main topics discussed in the development economics literature, such as poverty, inequality, education, labour markets, gender, institutions and sustainable development. While addressing global issues, the course focuses on their microeconomic dimensions, with a strong emphasis on measurement issues and how quantitative evidence is produced and used to support arguments. This knowledge will allow students to discuss and criticize interventions aimed at tackling development issues


Method of assessment

Essay (3,000 words) (50%)
Examination, 2 hours (50%)

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

Duflo, E., & Banerjee, A. (2011). Poor economics: a radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty. Public Affairs.

Ravallion, M. (2015). The economics of poverty: history, measurement, and policy. Oxford University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1. have acquired knowledge of the basic theoretical models available to explain the causes and consequences of economic growth, poverty and inequalities

8.2. have acquired knowledge of the basic factors relevant to the economic problems of developing countries, both internally and externally

8.3. have acquired knowledge of the institutional arrangements which affect development, and the conditions promoting sustainable development

8.4. be able to understand the links between basic theoretical issues in economic development and policy towards developing countries

8.5. demonstrate advanced understanding of microeconomic models in the relevant following fields: labour markets, education, gender, inequalities


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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