Summer 2022 - ECON 455W D100

Seminar in Economic Development (3)

Class Number: 2785

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
    WMC 2503, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 333 with a minimum grade of C-.



Topics in economic development. Students with credit for ECON 455 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.


This seminar-format course introduces students to a variety of topics in modern development economics. The topics will be drawn from both microeconomic and macroeconomic perspectives and will make use of both formal modeling and data analysis. The main goal is to better understand why, across time and space, some populations achieve greater prosperity than others.


We will likely cover material related to the general topics of economic institutions, culture, political institutions, community networks, fertility, conflict, and gender issues.



  • Weekly Article Summaries 25%
  • Presentation 10%
  • Term Paper 25%
  • Quizzes 20%
  • Participation 20%


This is a writing-intensive course so several types of written assignments will account for most of the final grade. The first type is a weekly “worksheet” which is an opportunity to write comments, questions and a summary related to the assigned weekly discussion papers. Second, each student will write a term paper on a development topic that particularly interests them, proposing an original research topic (but not necessarily executing it), and justifying it by relating it to the existing literature. As a preliminary step, each student will locate one particularly relevant/central article on their topic and provide a written executive summary as well as present it in front of the class. Interim and final feedback will be given on all written work. Finally, there will be weekly quizzes.



There is no required text. Taking notes in class, along with various articles that I will make available, will be sufficient.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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