University of Sussex Business School

The Economics of Development (L1065)

The Economics of Development

Module L1065

Module details for 2019/20.

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

Systematically understand the key economic problems and challenges specific to low and middle-income economies, with the ability to apply the knowledge and understanding in practice

Critically evaluate arguments and data relating to developing countries

Systematically understand the main theoretical models and empirical methods that are used by the profession to study economic development and be able to comment upon related research

Analyse and communicate problems in development, both in writing and through presentations to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group written submissionT2 Week 10 100.00%
Take Away paper (2000 words)Semester 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 hour111111111110
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours011111111110
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.

Dr Sonja Fagernas

Convenor, Assess convenor

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