• Class Number 4569
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Budy Resosudarmo
    • Prof Budy Resosudarmo
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

The goal of this course is to provide economics students, and those not studying economics but who have taken a Microeconomics course, with some analytically informed understanding of key international development indicators attracting both researchers and policy makers in developing economies. It focuses on empirical estimation of individual and household welfare indicators as well as microeconomic models related to these indicators.

The course has two main components. The first is a series of lectures on key international development indicators used by researchers in development microeconomics. The second is a series of discussions on some concrete empirical studies of development policies taken from high quality research around the world. Both components will be interwoven for each and every development issue considered, giving students ample opportunity to learn the foundations and directly apply them to constructively analyse real-world policy design.

Learning Outcomes

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

On completion of the course, students will be able to

  1. Understand the microeconomic foundations and estimation techniques used to study some of the key development problems
  2. Apply these techniques to constructively analyse and design related policy interventions
  3. Design high quality research in development microeconomics

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

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Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lecture: Introduction to microeconomics of development: Problems and challenges Workshop: Discussion on the Midterm Essay
2 Lecture: Poverty: Global Issues, measurements and determinants Workshop: Introduction to Stata I
3 Lecture: Education issues in developing countries Workshop: Introduction to Stata II
4 Lecture: Health and food security: Measurements and their determinants Workshop: Introduction to Stata III
5 Lecture: Inequality: Why it matters and how to measure it? Workshop: Introduction to Stata IV
6 Lecture: Household survey: Survey design and fieldwork Workshop: Household survey: Questionnaire development Guest Lecture: Dr. Firman Witoelar Kartaadipoetra
7 Lecture: Introduction to empirical methods in development microeconomics I Workshop: Introduction to Stata V
8 Lecture: Introduction to empirical methods in development microeconomics II Workshop: Introduction to Stata VI
9 Discussion: Poverty
10 Discussion: Education
11 Discussion: Health and food security
12 Discussion: Inequality

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Homework 15 % 20/03/2020 05/04/2020 1, 2, 3
Midterm essay 20 % 20/04/2020 11/05/2020 1, 2, 3
In-class presentation 15 % 29/05/2020 02/07/2020 1, 2, 3
In-class final exam 50 % 10/06/2020 02/07/2020 1, 2, 3

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


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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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 20/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 05/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3


3-4 problem sets.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 20/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 11/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Midterm essay

Each student will have to pick an existing paper on the topic covered in this course (poverty/education/health/food security/inequality) published in a reputable journal. Provide a critical review of the paper, particularly pay attention on its analysis, up to 3,000 words. The assessment of this essay will be mainly on the originality of the criticism, how well the essay is written, suggestions to improve the quality of the chosen paper and future research ideas in the topic to be done. Detailed discussion on this task will be conducted in the first week of this course and available on Wattle then.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 29/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

In-class presentation

Up to 30-group minute presentation of an assigned case study. The format will be as follows. It will be up to 20 minutes for the presentation, 5 minutes for discussion and 5 minutes for short Q&A.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 10/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

In-class final exam

Up to 3-4 problem sets will be given. Each problem set could contain several questions. Students are required to individually answer all of these questions in class within 2 hours. It will be a close book exam.

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

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

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.

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Distribution of grades policy

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Support for students

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Prof Budy Resosudarmo
6125 2244

Research Interests

I am a developmental and environmental economist working on the economy-wide impact of economic and environmental policies on local economies, household incomes and human development, and investigating the political economy of resource utilisation. I am also interested in research assessment using impact evaluation, spatial and inter-regional modelling techniques.

Prof Budy Resosudarmo

Friday 13:00 14:30
Friday 13:00 14:30
Prof Budy Resosudarmo
6125 2244

Research Interests

Prof Budy Resosudarmo

Friday 13:00 14:30
Friday 13:00 14:30

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