AØKA08087U Advanced Development Economics - Macro Aspects
The course covers three broad themes:
Theme 1. Historical development
Accounting for the vast differences in income and development we observe across the globe today requires a solid understanding of the process of economic development in a historical perspective. In this part of the course we illustrate how history matters to understand economic development, by examining the forces that kept economies in a long period of slow growth during pre-modern and pre-industrial times, and the mechanisms that enabled some economies to exit stagnation and ultimately embark on a path of sustained economic development.
Theme 2. Fundamental determinants of differences in economic performance
In this part of the course we ask in more detail how and why history matters for economic development. We go beyond answers at a proximate level, and study reasons and mechanisms that explain differences in economic performace at a deeper level. For this, we rely on the most recent research literature on the impact of historical events on comparative development, and on the economic impact of differences in fundamental characteristics across countries and subnational regions. For example, we examine whether specific dimensions of climate and geography, certain characteristics of culture and institutions, or the coevolution and interdependence between these different types of fundamental determinants, can explain why some economies have been able to build larger stocks of human and physical capital, innovate and adopt new technologies faster, and maintain a trajectory of sustained development more effectively than others; and whether this type of analysis can also illuminate on the reasons behind underdevelopment.
Theme 3. Policy debates
By the end of the course we explore recent policy debates related to the main topic of the course. Examples of these debates are the effectiveness of development policy tools such as foreign aid, the role of industrial policies and active state interventions to promote economic development, and the causes, consequences, and policy demands to address different types of inequality.
After completing the course the student is expected to be able to:
- Describe the global pattern of economic development, from a historical and a modern perspective.
- Account for theoretical models and arguments related to the historical process of development, and the empirical evidence accompanying them.
- Identify and account for specific causes of differences in the development path that different economies have followed, and relate them to fundamental drivers of economic development.
- Provide the basic economic intuition behind central mechanisms in theoretical models explaining differences in economic performace from a macro perspective.
- Assess the capacity of theoretical models and arguments to generate empirically testable predictions, and evaluate the extent to which empirical evidence supports theoretical predictions.
- Present a comprehensive overview of the recent research literature relevant to understand the process of economic development in a historical and comparative perspective.
- Appreciate some of the key debates in development economics, understand how they relate to contemporary policy issues, and discuss the effectiveness of policies aimed at promoting growth and economic development.
- Apply our expertise as economists to understand and assess quantitative analyses carried out in the context of less developed regions.
- Work effectively as a trained economist analyzing problems of both developed and less developed countries as a researcher in an academic institution, an international organization, a business environment, a nongovernmental organization, or a governmental institution.
The course uses book chapters, recent journal articles, and recent working papers.
Students will benefit from having followed courses in Economic History, Economic Growth, and Applied Econometric Policy Evaluation.
Discussion forums, group work, classes and feedback can include online learning material and methods.
Students will also have the possibility to engage individually or in group with the teacher during weekly office hours.
3 hours lectures a week from week 36 to 50 (except week 42).
The overall schema for the Master can be seen at KUnet:
MSc in Economics => "Courses and teaching" => "Planning and overview" => "Your timetable"
Timetable and venue:
To see the time and location of lectures please press the link under "Timetable"/"Se skema" at the right side of this page. E means Autumn.
You can find the similar information partly in English at
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The lecturer gives collective oral feedback at the questions and comments the students make in the lectures and exercises.
For foreign students not enrolled: Admission requirements, registration etc: Study Economics.
For gæste- og enkelfagsstuderende: Tilmelding og information via Uddannelse i Økonomi.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, 12 hoursindividual take-hom exam. The students are not allowed to communicate about the given problem-set.
The exam assignment is given in English and must be answered in English.
- Exam registration requirements
There are no requirements during the course that the student has to fulfill to be able to sit the exam.
All aids are allowed for the regular written exam.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
The exam takes place :
12 December 2020 from 10 AM to 10 PM.
In special cases, the exam date can be changed to another day and time within the exam period.
In week 8 and/or 9, February 2021. Or when decided by the lecturer and the Exam Office.
The reexam is a 20 minuts oral exam without preparation. No aids are allowed during the examination.
Information about the reexam day and time will be available in the Digital Exam early February.
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 with no or only a few minor weaknesses be able to demonstrate an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material and can make use of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes.