Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The aim of this course is to introduce students to some of the main topics in development economics and to provide them with the basic theoretical and empirical tools to understand the determinants of economic growth and development. In particular, the course covers the following topics: meaning and measurement of economic development; poverty and income distribution; fertility and population growth; growth theories; the role of international trade; the role of geography and institutions; health and education in developing countries.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding:
- Understand the multidimensional nature of development and learn how to measure different aspects of economic development;
- Understand the determinants of economic growth;
- Understand different indicators and measures of poverty and inequality;
- Understand determinants and consequences of population growth;
- Understand the theory of comparative advantage, the instruments and effects of trade policy, the impact of trade on poverty, income distribution and unemployment;
- Understand the main issues regarding education and health in developing countries;
- Understand basic tools of policy evaluation.
Introduction to Economics; Mathematics for Social Sciences.
1) The development gap;
2) The dynamic of poverty and inequality;
3) Population growth and the economic determinants of fertility;
4) Economic growth: the Solow model of economic growth and elements of endogenous growth theories;
5) International trade: theory of comparative advantage, instruments and effects of trade policy, impact of trade on poverty, income distribution and unemployment;
6) Education in developing countries;
7) Health and health care delivery in developing countries;
8) Institutions and Economics development.
Assessment consists in a written exam consisting of a set of questions and exercises on theoretical aspects or numerical applications of the topics in the course programme. The use of books, notes and electronic devices (with the only exception of a calculator) is not allowed during the examination.
The course consists of:
- Individual study.
All the teaching material made available to students will be uploaded on the Moodle page of the course.
Type of exam
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals
This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Poverty and inequalities" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development
Last update of the programme: 15/03/2021
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