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%)
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)
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
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Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
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