Spring 2023 - ECON 355W D100
Economic Development (4)
Class Number: 3177
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
1 778 782-5462
Prerequisites:ECON 103 with a minimum grade of C- or ECON 113 with a minimum grade of A-; ECON 105 with a minimum grade of C- or ECON 115 with a minimum grade of A-; 60 units.
Analysis of theories of economic development. Consideration will be given to the requirements of successful development, to aspects of international co-operation, and to procedures of economic planning. Problems of emerging countries and models of various developing economies will be studied. Students with credit for ECON 355 or ECON 455 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.
This course is an introduction to the diverse field of Development Economics. We will examine various explanations for why some populations, across space and time, are much poorer than others. We will cover both theoretical foundations and empirical evidence. Note that this course is designated as writing intensive (W) and, as such, will require the regular completion of written assignments.
We begin with defining, measuring, and comparing ‘development’ outcomes. To organize our ideas, we briefly overview classic growth theories and discuss issues of multiple equilibria and poverty traps. We explore the role of geography, economic institutions, and political institutions. We then focus on specific topics, including financial markets and randomized controlled trials. Time permitting, we may examine other issues, including culture, conflict, women and fertility, household decision-making, and labour markets.
- Weekly writing assignments 35%
- Major writing assignment 20%
- weekly quizzes 35%
- Participation 10%
Schaffner, J. (2013), Development Economics: Theory, Empirical Research, and Policy Analysis, Wiley Global Education.
Note: Further readings will be distributed throughout the course.
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