Not available in 2021/22
DV591 Half Unit
Economic Development Policy II
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Dr Sandra Sequeira CON.6.05
This course is available on the MRes/PhD in International Development. This course is not available as an outside option.
This course is available as an option for students enrolled in the MRes/PhD in International Development only.
This course examines the microeconomic foundations of economic policy-making in developing countries. Classes will combine economic theory and rigorous empirical analysis to better understand the impact of economic development policy on development goals. We will focus on specific examples chosen from development cases worldwide to learn which policies have worked, which ones have not, and how a rigorous analysis of these experiences can inform the design of better economic development policies in the future.
The course is structured around three main themes:
(i) Human Development: health policy, education policy and intra-household dynamics
(ii) Institutions and Markets: labour markets, state capacity for public service delivery and private sector development
(iii) Behavioural Economics and Development Policy Design: the importance of psychology in explaining economic behaviour and how it can inform better development policy design
This course is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars in the LT. Seminars will be at or upwards of 45 minutes duration and lectures will be at or above 60 minutes duration. There will also be a weekly Economietrics workshop in the LT.
Student on this course will have a reading week in Week 6.
Students will be expected to produce 1 piece of coursework in the LT.
A plan for the research paper (1500-2000 words) on which the student will receive feedback and topic approval
Indicative reading: The bulk of the course will be taught using journal articles. A reading list will be handed out by the lecturers at the beginning of their sessions. Useful reference texts include D Ray, Development Economics (1998) which will serve as the course text, and W Easterly, The Quest for Growth.
Essay (100%, 5000 words) in the ST.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: International Development
Total students 2020/21: Unavailable
Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
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