The goal of the course is to introduce the main issues of development economics.
What affects economic growth, inequality, and poverty? Why do some countries achieve high levels of economic development and others do
not? What are the policies governments can implement to change the growth path of their countries? In this course we will initially approach these questions from a “macro" perspective and later introduce a “microeconomic" view of the problems.
|Topics to be Covered|||||
|List of Topics|
Economic Development - Getting Started
- Comparative Economic Development.
Classic Theories of Economic growth and Development
- Contemporary models of development and underdevelopment
- Poverty Inequality and Development
Population Growth and Economic Development, causes, consequences and controversies
- Urbanization and Rural-Urban Migration-Theory and Policy.
- Human capital-Education and health in Economic Development
Agricultural Transformation and Rural Development
- The Environment and Development.
|Development Policy making and the roles of market, state and civil society||2||6|
|International trade theory and development strategy||1||3|
|Balance of Payment, debt, financial crisis and stabilization policies||1||3|
|Foreign finance, investment, Aid and conflict: controversies and opportunities||1||3|
|Schedule of Assessment Tasks for Students During the Semester|||||||
| ||Assessment task (i.e., essay, test, quizzes, group project, examination, speech, oral presentation, etc.)||Week Due||Proportion of Total Assessment|
|1||In class Quizzes ||Week 5,12||10%|
|2||Group Project/Portfolio/Presentation /Participation||Ongoing, End of Semester||15% |
Blackboard exercises submission
|Ongoing, End of Semester||15%|
|4||Midterm||Week 9||20% |
|5||Final Exam ||End of Semester||40%|
1. List Required Textbooks:
Todaro, M. and S. Smith (2006) Economic Development. 9th edition. Pearson.
2. List Essential References Materials (Journals, Reports, etc.)
Perkins, D., S. Radelet, and Lindauer (2006) Economics of Development,
Sixth Edition. Norton. [PRL].
Banerjee, A., R. B`enabou, and D. Mookherjee (2006) Understanding Poverty.
6th edition. Oxford University Press. [BBM, HC79.P6 U534 2006].
Ray, D. (1998) Development Economics. Princeton University Press. [HD75