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EC982: Development Economics

  • James Fenske

    Module Leader
18 CATS - Department of Economics

Principal Aims

The Development Economics module will provide students with the analytical tools and the knowledge to study and understand aspects of economic development in developing countries.

Principal Learning Outcomes

Subject Knowledge and Understanding:...demonstrate they have the theoretical and empirical tools and knowledge to analyse the problems and particularities of the functioning of markets and institutions in developing countries. This will help analyse the impact on economic development of alternative policies and institutions. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Two hours of weekly lectures. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Essay, replication assignment, participation, independent reading, and an empirical assignment.

Subject Knowledge and Understanding:...have some appreciation of how development economics can contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of economic policy to ameliorate poverty and promote economic development. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and readings. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Essay, replication assignment, participation, independent reading and an empirical assignment.

Syllabus

The module will typically cover topics such as the following:

Empirical tools for development economics: Strategic default; mobile technologies; grit; child marriage; missing women; extractive colonial institutions; China's Politburo.

Context

Optional Module
L1P6 - Year 1, L1P7 - Year 1, LN1J - Year 1
Pre or Co-requisites
Basic knowledge of microeconomic principles, elementary mathematical methods such as constrained optimization, and simple statistical methods such as multivariate regression. Knowledge of panel data techniques and basic microeconometrics would be an advantage.

Assessment

Assessment Method
Coursework (100%)
Coursework Details
Assessment 1 (Essay) (20%) - Eligible for self-certification: No, Assessment 2 (Replication Assignment) (20%) - Eligible for self-certification: Yes (Extension), Assessment 3 (Participation) (20%) - Eligible for self-certification: Yes (Extension), Assessment 4 (Independent Reading) (20%) - Eligible for self-certification: Yes (Extension), Assessment 5 (Empirical Assignment) (20%) - Eligible for self-certification: Yes (Extension) CATS:
Exam Timing
N/A

Exam Rubric

There is no examination for the EC982 module in 2020/21

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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