ECONOMICS AND POLICY OF DEVELOPMENT

Academic year
2016/2017 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
ECONOMIA E POLITICA DELLO SVILUPPO
Course code
ET3004 (AF:184040 AR:86919)
Modality
On campus classes
ECTS credits
6
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
SECS-P/06
Period
1st Term
Course year
3
Where
TREVISO
This course provides students with the main conceptual and analytical tools to understand the process of contemporary economic development. Attention is paid to the various development measures, and to the institutional capacities that can make the economic growth a sustainable process in the long run. The course also offers insights on some relevant issues related to the development process, such as the role of human capital and innovation in economic growth, the question of inequality, the migration phenomenon. Finally, it will be discuss how economic policies can support growth both in mature industrial areas, than in developing countries.
Economics
- Problems, definitions and approaches of development economics
- Measuring development: from criticism of the GDP toward alternative indexes
- Causes and limits of economic development in the classical thought
- The neoclassical model and the growth accounting
- Theories of human capital and endogenous growth
- Divergence, polarization, migrations
- Inequalities in income and wealth
- Innovation and the knowledge economy
- Institutions and Economic Development
Textbook:
Teaching materials www.unive.it/persone/corog
Weil D. N., Growth Economics, 2nd edition, 2009
(capp. 1-3; 6-10; 12-14)


Other readings:
Acemoglu A., Robinson J., Why Nations Fail, New York: Crown Business, 2012
Helpman H., The Mistery of Economic Growth, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006
Milanovic B., The Haves and the Have-nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality, New York: Basic, 2011
written
Examination with multiple choice test, open questions, and numerical exercises and graphics.
Lectures, seminars and open discussion with students
Italian
  • Course with sustainable contents
  • University credits of sustainability: 6
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book