ECON3019 - Issues in Economic Development

Term 2


To provide students with an in depth understanding of some of the issues which are key to the understanding of public policy in developing countries, with a particular attention to health related policies. To this end, the course is structure in four large blocks: (1) Evaluation of Public Policies, (2) Public Sector Workers, (3) State capacity and Taxation, and (4) Health Policies.


By the end of the course, students should:

  • have gained major insights on the role of public policy in promoting development;
  • be familiar with the methods used to evaluate public policy interventions in developing countries, and critically assess the robustness of the methodologies and findings;
  • understand the economic issues regarding policy implementation in a developing country;
  • be familiar with the economics of improving health in developing countries.
Taught by:
Marcos Vera Hernandez
Assessment: 20 hours of lectures and 4 compulsory tutorial classes. Coursework consists of 4 problem sets, one for each class, which typically
include some exercises and/or short written assignments. Students are required to submit coursework for 3 out of 4 classes. There will be an unseen 2-hour written examination in Term 3.
Suitable for:
Final year Economics (L100 & L101) students; available to Econ/Geog (LL17) and Phil/Econ (VL51) students but please note the recommended pre-requisites below.
Prerequisites: ECON2001: Microeconomics, ECON2004: Macroeconomic Theory and Policy (or equivalents),and ECON2007: Quantitative Economics and Econometrics (can be taken concurrently).
Maximum module enrolments: 90
Module Evaluation (Previous year): ECON3019
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