Module description: Development Economics I

Module name

Development Economics I

Credit points

5 ECTS credits


Lecture (2 hours/week) and Tutorial (1 hour/week): 5 ECTS

Teaching Staff

Prof. Dr. Christine Binzel

Module Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Christine Binzel

Syllabus Outline

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

First semester

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

Exam retakes

Failed exam can be retaken twice.


  • Attendance: 45 hours
  • Self-study: 105 hours


1 semester



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.

Last modified

October 2019