ECON3019 - Issues in Economic Development

Term 1



Aims:

To provide students with an understanding of the specificities of public economics in developing countries; to show how the economic and political characteristics of these countries affect our comprehension of both the roles and impacts of public intervention;  to comprehend the key public policies undertaken in the developing world; and to provide them  the capacity  to analyse and understand key issues in this field using standard tools of theoretical and empirical economic analysis.

Objectives:

By the end of the course, students should:

  • have gained major insights on the role of public policy and institutions in promoting development
  • be aware of concerns and debates regarding the efficiency of governments in developing countries
  • understand the economic issues regarding policy implementation in a developing country
  • be able to analyse, using relevant economic concepts and methods, a number of issues in public  policy, such as institutional reform, taxation with limited state capacity, and the merits of decentralization
Taught by:
Lucie Gadenne
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:
3rd year Economics (L100), Econ/Geog (LL17) and Phil/Econ (VL51) students.
Prerequisites: ECON2001: Microeconomics and ECON2004: Macroeconomic Theory and Policy (or equivalents). It is also recommended that students have taken ECON2007: Quantitative Economics and Econometrics.
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