• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
While it is widely acknowledged that the fundamental determinants of development success are domestic in nature, external factors can be important. Indeed, developed countries are becoming increasingly activist in their deployment of a range of tools, from aid to migration to military intervention to promote development (or at least halt deterioration) in poor and often unstable countries around the world. The course will introduce students to available analysis and the debates around overseas development assistance and other policy tools which rich countries can use, either intentionally or inadvertently, to promote or hinder development in poor countries.
Course Syllabus 
The main focus of the course will be on aid policy. A high-profile debate has sprung up among academics on aid effectiveness, and this will be used to frame this part of the course. The course will compare the critiques and strategies presented in the "best-selling" books by Bill Easterly, Jeff Sachs, and Paul Collier, and the evidence for them.
Other rich country development policies will be covered in less detail. They will include: migration policy; trade policy; intellectual property rights (especially in the context of health); peacekeeping/military intervention; climate change, and other global public goods; global development architecture (the future of the World Bank and IMF).
Methodological issues: The economic methodologies and evidence-bases used in the policy debates around the above issues are diverse and include: cross-country regressions, organizational theory, principal-agent models, game theory, growth and CGE models, public finance, case-studies, and household surveys. While lectures will not primarily be structured around methodological issues, the course will provide students with the opportunity to consider these different approaches, and their strengths and weaknesses in particular settings.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. i) demonstrate an understanding of the main debates around aid and other rich country development policies;
  2. ii) demonstrate knowledge of the economic tools which can be used to assess these policies;
  3. iii) experience in the assessment of particular rich country development policies.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Policy memo, 1000 words. The policy memo provides an introductory assessment task and provides some real world flavour. (20) [LO null]
  2. Long essay, 4000 words. The long essay requires students to go into depth on some particular issue. (40) [LO null]
  3. Exam. The exam encourages students to engage with the breadth of the course and tests understanding as well as absorption. (40) [LO null]

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A standard 6 unit course has a workload of 130 hours including in class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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6.00 0.12500
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2023 $4560 Standard Rate
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