UCL Department of Economics


ECON0105 - Economics of Development



This course applies the tools of economic analysis to issues of developing countries. There will be an emphasis throughout on applied research in micro development economics.
The aims of the course are to give students an understanding of the causes and consequences of uneven patterns of growth and development; structural features that are typical of the economies in developing countries; policies that can be applied in less developed countries and how to measure their effects.

By the end of the course students should:

(i) have an overview of major papers in the literature relevant to problems of less developed countries;
(ii) be able to apply their knowledge of econometrics to articles that conduct quantitative analysis in less developed countries
(iii) be able to apply the basic frameworks for master level courses in micro-economics and macro-economics to the key economic problems in less developed countries
(iv) appreciate some of the key debates in thinking about contemporary policy issues in developing countries.

Course outline:

1. Measuring development
2. Growth
3. Health and nutrition
4. Health differentials
5. Education
6. Social networks
7. Property rights
8. The organization of agriculture
9. Credit
10. Corruption and taxation


Taught by:Imran Rasul
Assessment:2 hours of lectures per week and 4 problem classes with written assignments. The course will be examined by a 2-hour written exam in Term 3.
Suitable for:Graduate students
Prerequisites:Permission from the Economics Department
Moodle page:ECONG015