Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

The Economics of Development

Module L1065

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

The objective of this course is to provide students with analytical and empirical tools that enable them to understand the functioning of markets and institutions in developing countries. The course will cover issues such as political institutions, corruption, property rights, credit market imperfections, the contractual structure in agriculture and informal insurance. For each major topic covered we want to derive testable implications from the theory, subject these to econometric testing and draw out policy conclusions.

Module learning outcomes

Have demonstrated a systematic understanding of those principles at the forefront of economics as they relate to economic problems and issues

Have demonstrated a systematic understanding of an appropriate number of specialised fields of economics (e.g. labour economics, development economics)

Be able to use the power of abstraction to focus upon the essential features of an economic problem and to provide a systematic framework for the coherent and critical evaluation of the effects of policy or other exogenous events.

Be able to analyse an economic problem or issue using an appropriate theoretical framework, recognise its limitations and appreciate uncertainties around such analyses.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ProjectT2 Week 11 (30 minutes)100.00%
Unseen ExaminationSemester 2 Assessment80.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111111111
Spring SemesterSeminar1 hour011111111111
Autumn SemesterLecture hours
Autumn SemesterSeminar hours

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Barry Reilly

Assess convenor

Dr Sonja Fagernas

Assess convenor

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