Summer 2022 - ECON 855 G100

Theories of Economic Development (4)

Class Number: 2789

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    WMC 3611, Burnaby

    Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    WMC 3611, Burnaby



Characterization of non-growing economies; mechanics of the process of economic development; the role of economic and non-economic factors; structural transformation in economic development.


The course is a graduate-level introduction to the field of Development Economics. There will be a particular emphasis on the application of economic theory to various development issues, although empirical research will certainly also be covered. We will cover both ‘micro’ and ‘macro’ aspects of development and will combine the study of ‘established’ and ‘cutting-edge’ research. In addition to lectures, class discussion will be a very important component of the course.     


Some topics that we cover will include: a review of basic neoclassical growth models, coordination problems and poverty traps, the role of institutions (property rights) with a strong focus on political institutions, as well as culture and social capital. Time permitting, we will cover additional topics such as conflict, gender or marriage.



  • Weekly Quizzes 25%
  • Assignments 30%
  • Term Paper and Presentation 30%
  • Participation 15%



None. Readings will be drawn from journal articles and book chapters and made available on Canvas when not readily accessible online via the SFU library.



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