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Term 1 Week 9

Learning objectives:

  • Undertand the problem of uncertainlty in the sampling process
  • Learn how to quantify this uncertainty
  • Learn how to decide on the approppriate level of uncertainty
  • Understand the complexities in conceptualising and operationalising inequality


  • Homework week 9: Read the required literature
  • Required reading week 9:
    • Agresti, A. and B. Finlay (2008) Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences, 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Chapter 4


  • Homework week 9:
    • Read the required literature (see below)
    • Critically reflect on the problems involved in conceptualising inequaity
    • Find at least two real-world examples of inequality and prepare to give a short presentation on these
    • You are expected to put at least 4 hours into this!
  • Required reading week 9:
    • Todaro M. and Stephen C. Smith. 2011. Economic Development. Addison Wesley. Chapter 5
    • Either of these two:
      • Fields, Gary S. 2002. Distribution and Development - A New Look at the Developing World. MIT Press. Chapters 1-3, OR
      • Ray, Debraj. 1998. Development Economics. Princeton University Press. Chapter 6

Further Reading:

  • Collier, Paul. 2008. The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Piketty, Thomas. 2013. Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Harvard University Press.
  • Stigitz, Joseph. 2013. The Price of Inequality - How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future. New York: Norton & Company Ltd.