EC454E      Half Unit
Development Economics

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Robin Burgess LRB.R524 and Prof Oriana Bandiera LRB.R526


This course is available on the Executive Master of Public Administration and Executive Master of Public Policy. This course is not available as an outside option.


Students must have completed Empirical Methods for Public Policy (EC455E) and Economic Policy Analysis (EC440E).

Course content

The main focus of this course is on acquiring the necessary theoretical and empirical skills to engage in the rigorous analysis of public policies in developing countries. Topics at the forefront of development economics will be covered. These include political economy, trade liberalization, growth, access to finance, technology adoption, education, health, infrastructure, property rights, land reform, gender, environment, mass media and political accountability. The emphasis will be on combining theory and data to evaluate the effectiveness of policies in these different areas.


A one-week modular teaching block.

Formative coursework

One mock essay opportunity will be provided.

Indicative reading

A reading list will be distributed at the start of the course.


Essay (50%, 2000 words) and online assessment (50%).

Please note that online examinations take place on the third Friday after module teaching concludes. Essays are due on the sixth Friday after module teaching concludes. Further details will be provided at the Executive MPA programme induction.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Application of numeracy skills