Module description: Development Economics I
Development Economics I
5 ECTS credits
Lecture (2 hours/week) and Tutorial (1 hour/week): 5 ECTS
The courses Development Economics I and II give students an introduction to the economics of developing countries. A significant part of the course will be devoted to discussing recent empirical work that draws on survey and other data from developing countries. In doing so, the course will provide students with an overview of the state-of-the-art in the field. Covered topics include, amongst others, history/institutions, poverty, financial services, education, health, governance, and corruption.
The majority of empirical papers will be concerned with establishing causal relationships, such as the effect of school inputs on educational outcomes or the effect of microfinance on poverty. Therefore, both experimental and quasi-experimental methods will be introduced.
Educational goals and Learning outcome
(1) achieve an understanding of key concepts in development eco-nomics,
(2) learn about experimental and quasi-experimental methods in (development) economics research,
(3) gain an overview of the state-of-the-art research in the field, and
(4) strengthen their skills in how to critically read and assess applied microeconomic work.
Intended stage in the degree course
Courses of study for which the module is acceptable
- Compulsory module for “M.A. Development Economics and International Studies”
- Elective module for “M.A. Nahoststudien (Middle East Studies)”:
Assessment and examinations
Written exam (60 minutes)
Calculation of the grade for the module
Written exam (100%)
Frequency of offer
Every winter semester
Failed exam can be retaken twice.
- Attendance: 45 hours
- Self-study: 105 hours
Preparatory reading/ reading list
- Main Textbook: Alain de Janvry, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2015. Development Economics: Theory and Practice, Routledge.
- Further reading, in particular research articles, will be provided during class.