Development Economics for Research Students

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Maitreesh Ghatak 32L.3.08A, Prof Nava Ashraf 32L.3.17, Dr Gharad Bryan 32L.3.10 and Prof Robin Burgess 32L.3.03


This course is available on the MRes/PhD in Economics and MRes/PhD in Economics and Management. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The course will cover advanced topics in development economics where current research is active. It is intended to introduce research students in economics to the latest research in development economics and to serve as an input into the research work of these students.


30 hours of lectures in the MT. 30 hours of lectures in the LT.

30 hours of lectures in the MT. 30 hours of lectures in the LT.

This course is delivered through lectures totalling a minimum of 60 hours across Michaelmas Term and Lent Term. Attendance is compulsory.

Formative coursework

Student will discuss papers in lectures.

Indicative reading

Readings will be mainly from journal articles; a list will be supplied at the start of term.


Problem sets (100%) in the MT and LT.

There will be six take home problem sets, three in MT and three in LT.  Problem set questions may include an empirical exercise analysing data, a computation exercise, solving a theoretical exercise, or evaluating a recent unpublished working paper.  Each problem set will carry equal weight.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2021/22: 17

Average class size 2021/22: 13

Value: One Unit

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