AØKA08088U Advanced Development Economics - Micro Aspects
MSc programme in Economics – elective course
MSc programme in mathematics-economics
The World is rapidly changing and understanding the dynamics of economic development is as important as ever. This course will cover the microeconomics of development, and will focus on approaches to understanding the behavior of households and firms, and the functioning of markets and institutions in developing countries. Since development is a field with a strong empirical tradition, most of the course will be centered on discussing and evaluating the empirical strategies used in the literature. Moreover, the course will also (via exercises) provide students with an opportunity for an “hands-on” experience, as results in selected readings are replicated (and criticized) using appropriate software packages.
General textbook material and selected articles form the core of the readings. The range of topics covered include theories of development, micro-economic analysis as well as key policy issues and recommendations. Topics covered in course include: (i) Poverty and inequality, (ii) The agricultural household model (AHM), (iii) Agriculture and livelihoods, (iv) Doing business (industry and services), (v) Health and nutrition, (vi) Jobs, labor market and migration, (vii) Education and skills, (viii) Land markets and property rights, (ix) Credit and microfinance, (x) Social networks and learning, (xi) Risk and insurance, (xii) Coping with conflicts and disasters, and (xiii) a “Hot topic”.
The course will therefore:
Provide the students with a critical overview of the recent literature and important debates within the micro aspects of economic development.
Provide insight into methodological issues that arises when doing research on microeconomics of development. The emphasis will be on (i) How theoretical microeconomic hypothesis may be tested with data and (ii) how to identify causal relationships. One aim is to through exercises to gain insight into what makes a good empirical study.
- Provide students with a “hands-on” experience on how to replicate empirical results using relevant econometric software. This will hopefully prepare students for original independent empirical research and help identify possible interesting thesis topics.
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
Show overview of the basic concepts used in micro development economics and lay out the key elements of the more recent theories and development models.
Critically discuss theories and empirical evidence on micro economic development
Present and discuss existing theory and empirical evidence related to the highlighted topics described in the “content” of the course.
Select relevant micro theories and empirical methods for analyses of the current economic development issues covered in the course.
Summarize and assess theory and empirical evidence on the economic characteristics and functions of selected markets in developing countries.
Reflect upon ongoing professional debate in areas within the topics highligted in the “content” of the course.
Empirical analysis of existing data relevant for development micro economics.
Ability to apply theoretical and empirical knowledge about economic development in a competent, coherent and original way in relation to current challenges.
Identify relevant model setups within development and implement existing empirical models in new contexts.
Introduce and solve new and complex empirical model setups within micro development economics in a professional and responsible manner.
- Empirical analysis of new data using relevant software.
Textbook: Bardhan and Udry (1999). “Development Microeconomics”, Oxford University Press.
Series of academic articles. Links made available on the course homepage.
2 hours lectures one to two times a week and 2 hours of exercise every week for 14 weeks.
Time and venue:
To see the time and location of lectures and exercise classes please press the link/links under "Se skema" (See schedule) at the right side of this page. The lectures is shown in each link. (17F means Spring 2017).
You can find the similar information partly in English at
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-Select Period: "Forår/Spring – Week 4-29”
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Please be aware regarding exercise classes:
- The schedule of the exercise classes is only a pre-planned schedule and can be changed until just before the teaching begins without the participants accept. If this happens it will be informed in KUnet or can be seen in the app myUCPH and at the above link.
- If too many students have wished a specific class, students will be registered randomly at another class.
- It is not possible to change class after the second registration period has expired.
- If there is not enough registered students or available teachers the exercise classes may be jointed.
- The student is not allowed to participate in an exercise class not registered, because the room has only seats for the amount of registered student.
- The teacher of the exercise class cannot correct assignments from other students than the registered students in the exercise class.
- That all exercise classes will be taught in English.
for enrolled students. More information about registration, schedule, rules, courses etc. can be found at the student intranet (KUnet) for courses (English) and student intranet (KUnet) for courses (Danish).
Registration and information for foreign students not enrolled please find more information at Study Economics.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, 24 hours under invigilationindividual take-home exam. The exam assignment is given in English and can be answered in English or in Danish. Language must be chosen at the course or exam registration.
- Exam registration requirements
The students have to show active participation in the exercises (done in groups) by handing in program files written during the exercises. In addition, a mandatory written assignment (done in groups) have to be completed satisfactory during the course. The nature of this assignment will be described in more detail during the first week of the course.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
100 % censorship
- Exam period
The exam takes place from May 27, 2017, 10 AM to May 28, 2017, 10AM.
The exam takes place from September 2, 2017, 10 AM to September 3, 2017, 10AM.
If only a few students have registered for the re-exam, the exam might change to an oral exam including the date, time and place for the exam, which will be informed by the Examination Office.
Criteria for exam assesment
Students are assessed on the extent to which they master the learning outcome for the course.
To receive the top grade, the student must be able to demonstrate in an excellent manner that he or she has acquired and can make use of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes.
- Class Exercises