- Class Number 4568
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Raghbendra Jha
- Prof Raghbendra Jha
- 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
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Students will gain:
i) an understanding of the main debates around aid and other rich country development policies;
ii) knowledge of the economic tools which can be used to assess these policies;
iii) experience in the assessment of particular rich country development policies.
Several papers at the cutting edge of research in this topic will be discussed.
No field trips are planned.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
Will be supplied.
Staff FeedbackStudents 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
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||WEEK 1 - 25/02/2020 Lecture: Course introduction Overview of the aid scene. Typology of aid - tied vs. untied; grants vs. loans; bilateral vs. multilateral. Tutorial: Overview of economic tools used in this course.:|
|2||WEEK 2 - 03/03/2020: Lecture: Do poor countries need aid? Why do donors donate? Tutorial: Augmenting resources for international aid.|
|3||WEEK 3 - 10/03/2020: Lecture: Does aid work? Does aid work? (cont.) Tutorial: Do the poverty and poverty nutrition traps exist?|
|4||WEEK 4 - 17/03/2020; Lecture: Micro-macro paradox: aid and institutions Micro-macro paradox: fiscal & macro impact of aid Tutorial: Cross country regressions|
|5||WEEK 5 - 24/03/2020: Lecture: Improving aid effectiveness: aid and recipient behaviour Improving aid effectiveness: aid and donor behaviour Tutorial: Randomization|
|6||WEEK 6 - 31/03/2020: Lecture: Improving aid effectiveness: aid and transaction costs Aid recipient perspectives (panel discussion) Tutorial: Dutch disease and fungibility||First Essay due 01/04/2020.|
|7||WEEK 7 - 21/04/2020; Lecture: Aid from non-traditional donors International public goods Tutorial: Feedback on the first essay|
|8||WEEK 8 - 28/04/2020: Lecture: Guest lecture on Australian aid policy: Speaker to be announced Tutorial: Principal-agent models||Second Essay due on 1st May.|
|9||WEEK 9 - 05/05/2020: Lecture: Debt relief Trade Tutorial: Aid agency incentives|
|10||WEEK 10 - 12/05/2020: Lecture: The changing international development architecture Migration Tutorial: Aid metrics|
|12||WEEK 12 - 26/05/2020: In-class 2 hour Final Examination||Final Exam for course.|
There will be one hour long tutorial per week. No registration is required.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Short Essay||20 %||24/03/2020||31/03/2020||1|
|Longer Essay||40 %||20/05/2020||27/05/2020||3|
|Final Exam||40 %||27/05/2020||02/07/2020||2,3|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1
A short 2,000 word essay on Australian aid policy. The details of the essay will be available on Wattle in Week 2. The assessment criteria will be available on Wattle in Week 2.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 3
Students will be required to write one essay on the aid experience of a contry of their choice or on a generic aid-related topic.
This essay should be about 4,000 words long.
In assessing essays, I shall use the following criteria:
(1) relevance to the particular topic chosen,
(2) clarity of structure,
(3) soundness and clarity of argument,
(4) familiarity with literature recommended, and with other reading,
(5) accuracy in and comprehensiveness of representation of others' views, and in relation to factual matters,
(6) independence of thought and/or originality of approach,
(7) clarity of expression (this requires good spelling, grammar and punctuation),
(8) appropriate notes and references.
… In relation to (4) and (5), it is very important that when presenting an argument you make it clear whether you are presenting someone else’s view (through your own summary or via direct quotation) or your own.
… In relation to (6), I’m not expecting totally original pieces of work, but I do want evidence that you have applied some thought to the problem yourself.
… In relation to (8), you… must… follow the referencing conventions of the Crawford Styleguide – available on Wattle.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2,3
The exam will be a mix of short-answer and essay questions. Normally, the exam essay covers the non-aid part of the course, while the short-answer questions review basic content from throughout the course. This will be confirmed, or any changes mentioned, in the course of the semester.
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Development Economics, Macroeconomics, Public Economics
Prof Raghbendra Jha