• Class Number 8739
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Xin Meng
    • Prof Xin Meng
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

Why are some countries richer than others? Why have some countries experienced growth miracles while others have experienced stagnation of even growth disasters? Within developing countries, what does it mean to be poor? How to combat poverty? What are the challenges that the poor in developing countries face and what can be done to improve their living standards? This course intends to teach students what we know and what we do not know about these important questions and will focus on teaching students tools in understanding them. The topics covered will include explanations on why countries develop differently, the effect of geography, institutions, foreign aid, corruption and differential savings rates on the large disparities across countries. Within countries we will examine the role of education, health migration and credit markets in poverty alleviation. The course will cover both theory and empirical evidence but focusing mainly on how to conduct empirical analysis in understanding these important economic development issues.

Research-Led Teaching

The course focuses mainly on research articles published in top journals. We will cover mainly the current interesting issues relevant to development economics. Students are expected to spend four weeks to finish a mini empirical project on a topic discussed in the class.

Required Resources

all the journal articles studied during the class will be provided

Development Economics: Theory and Practice, by Alain De Janvry and Elisabeth Sadoulet, Routledge. A copy of which will be available in the library.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 introduction & method
2 method tutorial presentation
3 long run economic development related issues tutorial presentation
4 long run economic development related issues tutorial presentation
5 poverty, RCTs and gender in development tutorial presentation
6 poverty, RCTs and gender in development tutorial presentation
7 poverty, RCTs and gender in development mid term exam
8 poverty, RCTs and gender in development tutorial presentation
9 student project tutorial presentation
10 student project
11 student project
12 student project

Tutorial Registration

you are expected to attend one tutorial each week. You must enrol in a tutorial using the wattle site for this course, and attend the tutorial in which you are enrolled. Tutorials will be open for selection in week 1. Following the steps below to enrol:

  1. log on to wattle, and go to the course site
  2. click on the link "tutorial enrolment"
  3. On the right of the screen, click on the tab "become member of ..." for the tutorial class you wish to enter
  4. confirm your choice.

If you need to change your enrolment, you should be able to do so by clinking on the tab "leave group..." and then re-enrol in another group. However, if a group which has reached limit you won't be able to enrol. Note that you will have to finalised your enrolment in ISIS to be able to get access to wattle.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Project Outline 0 % 26/08/2019 30/08/2019 1,2, 3
Mid Semester Exam 40 % 20/09/2019 01/10/2019 1,2,3
Presentation 20 % 05/08/2019 28/10/2019 4
Project 40 % 28/10/2019 09/11/2019 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


This is an on campus course. Attendance at all teaching event, while not compulsory, is expected in line with ""Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning'", clause 2 paragraph (b).     

In addition, tutorials will be used for students presentation and discussion, which will be examinable.


See Assessment Task 1.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 26/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2, 3

Project Outline

Students are asked to hand in a hardcopy of the outline of their project for review, comment and feedback. While this contributes no marks to your final grade, it is encouraged as a way to gain feedback on your project at an early stage. Comments will be returned by the end of week 6.

Submission will be via the ECON8901 Assignment box on Level 1 HW Arndt building.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 20/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 01/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Mid Semester Exam

The Mid Semester exam will examine students' knowledge learned from the first six weeks teaching; it accounts for 40% of the your final grade. The exam is non-redeemable. Further information will be provided on Wattle during week 5 of the semester.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 05/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 4


Students are assigned journal articles and required to

1. Present the article(s).

2. Participate in the in-class discussion.

The presentation will account for 15% of the total final grade. These presentations will occur during the tutorials, beginning in week 4 and will be recorded.

Participation in the class discussion will count for a further 5% of the grade. Further details will be given in class during week 2.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 28/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 09/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


Students will be given a few choices on research topic and data sets to conduct empirical research. The data are from published journal articles. Students are required to replicate the journal article results and provide critical assessments of the article as well as creative use of the data to conduct further analysis. The project will account for 40% of the final grade. Further details will be provided in class and on wattle at the beginning of the semester. The project will be handed in via Turnitin.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Prof Xin Meng

Research Interests

Development Economics, Labour Economics, Chinese Economy

Prof Xin Meng

Friday 14:30 15:30
Friday 14:30 15:30
Prof Xin Meng

Research Interests

Prof Xin Meng

Friday 14:30 15:30
Friday 14:30 15:30

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