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EC233: Development Economics (Microeconomics)

15 CATS - Department of Economics

Principal Aims

To introduce students to the key microeconomic issues facing developing economies. It is based on the modern analytical and empirical approach adopted by researchers, practitioners and international development institutions, with an emphasis on the most recent advances in the field.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to demonstrate their understanding of the key issues facing the poor in developing countries such as malnutrition and diseases, lack of education, gender inequality, or reduced access to credit and insurance. The students should also be able to use empirical evidence and economic reasoning to discuss the policies aimed at addressing these issues.


The module will typically cover the following topics:

1. Poverty Traps

2. Health and Nutrition

3. Education in Developing Countries

4. Gender and Households

5. Credit and Insurance Markets

6. Psychological Aspects of Poverty


Pre or Co-requisites
EC106 or EC107 or EC108 and EC109 or EC204 as a co-requisite
Part-year Availability for Visiting Students
Available in the Spring term only (2 problem sets - 12 CATS) and in the Spring and Summer terms together (2 problem sets and 1 x 2 hour exam - 15 CATS)


Assessment Method
Coursework (20%) + 2 hour exam (80%)
Coursework Details
2 problem sets (worth 10% each)
Exam Timing

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 2 Hours

Answer ONE question in Section A (40 marks) and THREE questions from Section B (60 marks total). Answer Section A questions in one booklet and Section B questions in a separate booklet.

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

Read carefully the instructions on the answer book provided and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book. If you answer more questions than are required and do not indicate which answers should be ignored, we will mark the requisite number of answers in the order in which they appear in the answer book(s): answers beyond that number will not be considered.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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