NIFB14033U Development Economics
Bacheloruddannelsen i jordbrugsøkonomi
This is a course for students interested in the challenges posed by the vast and enduring world poverty, in the way economists conceptualize those challenges, their causes and solutions. Key questions we will be discussing during this course include: What is life like when living with under a dollar a day? Are famines unavoidable? Is child labour necessary? Is education the key to lift people out of poverty? Without property rights, is life destined to be miserable? Why are the poor forest-dependent and the forest-dependent poor? Does growth help the poorest of the poor?
The topics explored include:
Poverty and inequality
Economic growth theory
Food production and consumption
Health and Education (human capital)
Urbanization and migration
Democracy, governance and conflicts
Towards the end of the course, students should be able to:
Define and explain development economics concepts and models
Characterize economic life in developing countries
- Explain the root causes of the problems faced by households and institutions in developing countries
- Analyze quantitative data with Excel
- Solve case study problems on different aspects of economic life in developing countries
Discuss and cooperate with fellow students to solve problems
Apply general economic thinking as well as the concepts and specialized models of development economics to analyze development econoimic and policy-related questions
Critically reflect on and discuss causes of economic problems faced by households and institutions in developing countries
The course is based on a textbook. Precise details on literature will be given on Absalon prior to course start.
Additional material (e.g. scientific articles, selected book chapters and reports) will be supplied throughout the course.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Continuous assessmentWritten examination, 4 hours under invigilationThe assessment has two components: (i) continuous assessment of participation to online discussions (20% of final mark); (ii) Written examination (80%).
- Only certain aids allowed
All aids allowed for online discussions. No aids allowed for written examination.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
One internal examiner
Oral examination. 20 - 30 minutes. No time for preparation. No aids allowed.
Criteria for exam assesment
Assesment in accordance with the learning outcomes
- Practical exercises