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PäivämääräAikaOpetuspaikka
Ma 6.8.2018
16:30 - 19:45
Ti 7.8.2018
16:30 - 19:45
Ke 8.8.2018
16:30 - 19:45
To 9.8.2018
16:30 - 19:45
Ma 13.8.2018
16:30 - 19:45
Ti 14.8.2018
16:30 - 19:45

Materiaalit

Development Economics I - Preliminary Reading List/Links

Luentomateriaalit

Ilmoittautuminen ja opintomaksu

75 euros
More information

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.

Online registration is for students who have Finnish identity number. Registration begins at noon 45 days before the beginning of the course.


How can I become a student

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Kuvaus

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

Aims:
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.

Aims:
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 students with a solid theoretical understanding of the key theories that underpin development economics, in addition to a series of very applied developing country examples being provided for each of these concepts.

Objectives:
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.

Course Content:
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.

Recommended Textbooks:

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)

Please, see also Preliminary Reading list/Links on course programme: "Material"

What Works for the Poorest? - developmentbookshelf.com

www.developmentbookshelf.com

Abstract: Poverty reduction has become the central goal of development policies over the last decade but there is a growing realization that the poorest people rarely benefit from poverty reduction programmes.

Grading: 0-5

Lectures 24 hours + group exercises + essay (3000 words)
The course will be complemented with group work exercises and be assessed through a written assignment.

The most pro-active student/s in class will also win a copy of the convenors book "What Works for Poorest: Poverty Reduction Programmes for the World's Extreme Poor "

https://www.developmentbookshelf.com/doi/book/10.3362/9781780440439

Moodle
Online learning environment Moodle will be used on the course. The course Moodle will open on Mon 6 August 2018.

Lectures:
Mon 6 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Tue 7 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Wed 8 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Thu 9 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Mon 13 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Tue 14 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm

The essay must be returned to Moodle on 23 September 2018 at the latest.

Teacher: Dr David Lawson

The lectures are providing by Dr David Lawson, who has more than 27 years of applied policy experience in developing countries, having worked for and advised a series of donors (including WHO, UNICEF, World Bank and NORAD) and developing country governments. He is Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki and Associate Professor Public Policy and Development, University of Manchester.

During your studies

We reserve the right to make changes to the study programme.