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BAEcon Economics / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Development Economics IIIA

Unit code ECON30451
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Economics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


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Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Macroeconomics IIB ECON20402 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Development Economics IIA ECON20321 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
ECON30451 pre-requisite: ECON20321 OR ECON20402.

Students must have taken either of the following to be able to take this course unit (compulsory Pre-Requisite):

  • ECON20321 or
  • ECON20402


The aims of this course are to:

  1. Provide an in-depth analysis of the impact of education, health and economic incentives on various socio-economic outcomes.
  2. Discuss the importance of policies and institutions on economic growth and welfare.

Learning outcomes

It is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Identify, both theoretically and empirically, the determinants of economic growth.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of human capital and trade in development process.
  3. Evaluate the causes of bad policies and their effects on long-term growth rate.


Topic 1: Human Capital.

Topic 2: Incentives for Public Service Delivery.

Topic 3: Market Liberalisation and Development.

Topic 4: Growth and Resource Misallocation.

Topic 5: Policy, State Capacity and Institutions.


Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and exercise classes.


Employability skills

Analytical skills
Analyse and interpret information to assess its context and validity. Support arguments with relevant evidence.
Relate economic models to real world events. Using library, electronic and online resources.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 15%
Written exam 85%
  • Mid-Term Test - structured questions, answer 1/2 questions in 1 hour (15%).
  • Final Exam - structured questions, answer 2/5 questions in 1.5 hours (85%).


Feedback methods

  • Problem sets.
  • Class feedback.
  • Office hours.
  • Revision sessions.
  • Discussion boards.

Recommended reading

  • Chenery, H. and Srinivasan, T.N. (2007) Handbook of Development Economics, Vol. 4, Elsevier. Chapters 55, 60, 61.
  • Rodrik, D. and Rosenzweig, M. (2010) Handbook of Development Economics, Vol. 5, Elsevier. Chapter 73.

Detailed reading list will be posted on the course website.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 15
Practical classes & workshops 9
Independent study hours
Independent study 74.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Alessia Isopi Unit coordinator

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