- Code ECON4409
- Unit Value 6 units
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of economic issues and debates in economic development
- demonstrate an understanding of research articles in economic development journals through both written and verbal communication
- demonstrate the ability to conduct basic empirical research related to economic development and present results from this research.
- Typical assessment may include, but is not restricted to: exams, assignments, quizzes, presentations and other assessment as appropriate. (100) [LO 1,2,3]
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130 hours in total over the semester consisting of lectures, tutorials and private study time.
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