• Offered by Research School of Economics
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Omer Majeed
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course explores theoretical developments in the analysis of economic growth and introduces current debates on evidence and policy relevant to the growth performance of both developed and developing economies. The course is structured around a series of key papers from journals. The theoretical material is reinforced by tutorial exercises that require students to understand and interpret the mathematics and economics of the growth models.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand how growth models have developed and changed over time;
  2. know about the theoretical developments in the analysis of economic growth;
  3. be introduced to current debates on evidence and policy relevant to the growth performance of both developed and developing economies.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial assignments (best 4 / 5) (20) [LO null]
  2. 1 Essay (3-4,000 words) (20) [LO null]
  3. Final Exam (60) [LO null]

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Two hours of lectures and one tutorial per week. Students are expected to spend a total of 10 hours a week on this course, on average across the semester.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed the equivalent of ECON7073 and ECON7074, or have concurrent enrolment in ECON8025, and ECON8026.

Prescribed Texts

As advised on the course Wattle site.

Assumed Knowledge

1. The standard neo-classical growth model with exogenous investment (Solow-Swan) and with optimal investment (Ramsey).

2. Differential equations and principles of static and dynamic optimisation (e.g. Barro and Sala-i-Martin, Economic Growth, Appendix on Mathematical Methods).

Potential students who are not familiar with these topics must discuss with the lecturer their suitability for this course.  They can read up on these topics in the Barro text.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4500
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4669 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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