Development economics

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Development has been one of the most lively and challenging areas in economics. Over the last decades there have been advances in economic theory and econometric methods that have allowed development economists to reformulate some age-old questions. This course will introduce you to these advances and give you a feel of the current debates. This course will take you through an exciting journey that will acquaint you with new ideas and new ways of answering fundamental questions about the economics of poor societies and the process of economic development.


1. Introduction to economic development. 2. Economic growth I: the Neoclassical growth model. 3. Economic growth II. Alternative growth models. Endogenous growth. Poverty traps. 4. Economic growth III. Empirical evidence. Conditional convergence. 5. Economic inequality, poverty and development. 6. Population and development. 7. The dual economy. Rural-urban migration. 8. Rural markets I: land and labour. 9. Rural markets II: capital and insurance. 10. International trade and development. 11. International finance and development. 12. Development policy.

Indicative reading: 

Ray, D. (1998) Development economics. Princeton: Princeton University Press; Basu, K. (2003) Analytical development economics: the less developed economy revisited. MIT Press; Banerjee, A. & E. Duflo (2012) Poor Economics. Public Affairs; Thirlwall, A.P. (2011) Economics of development. Palgrave Macmillan.

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