Summer courses are free of charge for undergraduate students of the University of Helsinki who are enlisted as attending students at the moment of registration. This excludes a possible fee for study materials.
No prior knowledge of development Economics is required. The course provides an overview of the main development concepts such as poverty, economics growth and how issues such as government expenditure relate. Developing country examples are given for all these concepts, as are country case studies from numerous developing countries, including Uganda, Jamaica, Bangladesh etc.
Language skills levels
In order to complete the course you must already have a good command of English. The course requires a starting level of B2-C1 ( CEF).
No prior knowledge of development economics is required.
Language skills levels
In order to complete the course you must already have a good command of English. The course requires a starting level of B2-C1 (CEF). http://www.avoin.helsinki.fi/open_university/language_skill_levels.htm
On completion of the unit students will be able to understand and apply the main theories and principles of economic development, particularly in relation to growth and poverty as well as comprehend the linkage between theory and practice.
1-3 year of studies
The course aims to provide an outline of the main issues underpinning development economics today, by outlining simple theory and providing extensive applied evidence from development economics.
The lectures will provide a (soft) theoretical understanding of the main development issues – including a focus on economic growth, poverty, taxation and the role of the public sector, amongst others. The course will provide an extensive number of applied developing country examples. The course will be complemented with group work exercises and be assessed with a written assignment.
On completion of the unit students will be able to:
- Understand and apply the main theories and principles of economic development, particularly in relation to growth and poverty.
- Understand the linkage between theory and practice.
- Develop analytical skills relevant to the assessment of these different economic development principles.
- Examine the main sources of economic and social data relevant to economic development – particularly in relation to economic growth and poverty analysis.;
- Understand the knowledge and skills acquired to the study of the main forces sustaining and limiting economic development today, and the design of effective policy interventions.
Introduction to Development Economics
Economic Growth - Theories/Concepts and Empirical Evidence
Poverty – Understanding the Principles
Case Study: Chronic and Extreme Poverty in Developing Countries
Poverty and Economic Growth
Case Study: Poverty and Growth – The Role of Inequality
Poverty and Health
Case Study: The Influence of HIV/AIDS on the Chronically Poor
Public Expenditure in Developing Countries
Case Study: How Important is The Public Sector and What is It’s Role
Taxation in Developing Countries – Providing the Basis for Growth
Case Study: Payroll taxes and the informal economy
Development Economics – Other Issues and Summary
Lectures 24 hours + group exercises + essay (3000 words)
The course will be complemented with group work exercises and be assessed through a written assignment.
Todaro, M. P. and Smith, S. (2006) Economic Development 9th ed. Pearson, London (recommended for all)
Meir G and Rauch JE (eds) (2005) Leading Issues in Economic Development 8th edition Oxford UP (recommended for all)
Preliminary Reading list
On a scale from 1 to 5
One free copy of Dr Lawson's book - Lawson, David with D. Hulme, I.
Matin and K. Moore (2010), What Works for The Poorest: Poverty Reduction Programmes for the Ultra Poor, Practical Action; will be given to the 'best' student from the development economics I and II courses.
Online learning environment Moodle will be used on the course. The course Moodle will open on Mon 1 August 2016.
Mon 1 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Tue 2 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Wed 3 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Thu 4 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Mon 8 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Tue 9 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
We reserve the right to make changes to the study programme.
Dr. David Lawson