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EC982: Development Economics

  • James Fenske

    Module Leader
18 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module

Principal Aims

The aim of the module is to equip students with the analytical tools and the knowledge to study and understand aspects of economic development in developing countries. This module will provide the foundation on the basis of which the study of developing countries can be carried out.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student should 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 micro-institutions. 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 module will typically cover topics such as the following:

Empirical tools for development economics. Entrepreneurship; Urbanization; Long-Run Impacts of Development Interventions; Universal Basic Income.


Core Module
L1PD - Year 1
Optional Module
L1P6 - Year 1, L1P7 - 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 Method
Coursework (60%) + 2 hour exam (40%)
Coursework Details
1 x 2000 word essay (20%) + replication assignment (20%) + participation (10%) + independent reading (10%)
Exam Timing

Exam Rubric

NOTE: New exam rubric in 19/20 - Past papers may follow a different format.

Time Allowed: 2 Hours

Answer TWO questions. All questions are of equal weight (50 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. Answer all parts to a question. Feel free to use diagrams and describe models where appropriate. 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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