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EC310: Topics in Development Economics

  • Yannick Dupraz

    Module Leader
  • Subhasish Dey

    Module Lecturer
15 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module

Principal Aims

The module aims to enable students to obtain an understanding of a range of problems in economic development in low income countries, and to demonstrate how the tools of economic analysis can throw light on economic behaviour (and especially household behaviour) and help formulate appropriate policies to remedy acute problems linked to poverty in low income countries.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to demonstrate an enhanced knowledge of microeconomic topics in development; demonstrate an improved awareness of the causes, consequences and possible remedies for serious development problems; demonstrate a greater awareness of selected institutional aspects of global poverty, conflict, trade and development; communicate their knowledge and understanding to others; apply critical analysis to the topics of the module, formulate concepts and hypotheses, and show how they are tested in relevant literature and review the relevant literature and evidence.


The precise syllabus varies each year. Typically, the course is centred around a relatively limited number of themes that are explored in great depth. Example of themes explored in recent years are poverty traps, credit markets, the importance of trust and reputation and trade and development.


Optional Core Module
UEOS - Year 1
Optional Module
LM1D (LLD2) - Year 3, L116 - Year 3, V7ML - Year 3, LA99 - Year 3, L100 - Year 3, L1L8 - Year 3, R9L1 - Year 4, R3L4 - Year 4, R4L1 - Year 4, R2L4 - Year 4, R1L4 - Year 4, V7MM - Year 4, V7MP - Year 3, L1P5 - Year 1, L1PA - Year 1, V7MR - Year 3, LM1H - Year 4, GL12 - Year 4, GL11 - Year 3, L103 - Year 4
Pre or Co-requisites
EC204 or EC201 + EC202, and either EC203 or EC226
Not available to non-final year students on Economics-based degrees.
Part-year Availability for Visiting Students
Available in the Spring term only (1 x 2000 word essay - 12 CATS) and in the Spring and Summer terms together (1 x 2000 word essay and 1 x 2 hour exam – 15 CATS)


Assessment Method
Coursework (20%) + 2 hour exam (80%)
Coursework Details
One assignment (2000-word essay) (20%)
Exam Timing

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 2 hours.

Answer FIVE questions out of SEVEN questions (20 marks each).

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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