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PäivämääräAikaOpetuspaikka
Ke 15.8.2018
16:30 - 19:45
To 16.8.2018
16:30 - 19:45
Ma 20.8.2018
16:30 - 19:45
Ti 21.8.2018
16:30 - 19:45
Ke 22.8.2018
16:30 - 19:45
To 23.8.2018
16:30 - 19:45

Materiaalit

Development Economics II - Preliminary Reading List/Links

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Kuvaus

Development Economics I

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply extended theories and principles of economic development and have received extensive applied examples of these from developing countries.
  • Understand the linkage between theory and practice.
  • Develop analytical skills relevant to the assessment of these different economic development principles.
  • Able to examine the main sources of economic and social data relevant to economic development – particularly in relation to education, health, gender and social protection issues.;
  • 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.

Development Economics II: Current Issues In Development Economics

Development Economics II requires no prior knowledge of Development Economics and Development Economics I is NOT a pre-requisite. Each lecture in this course is self contained and provides a focus on a topical subject currently circulating within the development arena. These include topics such as: How to Finance Education, How to Reform Health Care in Developing Countries, Corruption and Development, The Impact of Privatisation and Donor Finance Re-packaging on countries, and How to Design and Understand the Impact of Social Welfare Schemes such as cash transfers on the poorest.

(please see preliminary reading list with background videos etc).

The lectures are providing by Dr David Lawson, who has more than 27 years of applied policy experience in developing countries, having worked for a series of donors and developing countries. The lectures will provide students with a solid theoretical understanding of the key theories that underpin development issues, in addition to a series of very applied developing country examples being provided for each of these concepts. Country case studies are provided from numerous developing countries, Bangladesh, Lesotho, Swaziland, Jamaica, Uganda etc. The most pro-active student/s in class will also win a copy of the convenors latest book "What Works for Africa's Poorest https://youtu.be/pOovarF203s

Objectives
On completion of the unit students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply extended theories and principles of economic development and have received extensive applied examples of these from developing countries.
  • Understand the linkage between theory and practice.
  • Develop analytical skills relevant to the assessment of these different economic development principles.
  • Able to examine the main sources of economic and social data relevant to economic development – particularly in relation to education, health, gender and social protection issues.;
  • 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:

(Brief) Introduction to Development Economics & Review of The Main Issues of Development Economics (covered in ‘Introduction to Development Economics I’)

Education and Development
Case Study: Rates of return to education in developing countries - Should developing countries subsidise higher education?

Health and Development
Case Study:: Health Sector Reform in Uganda and Mexico

Does Government Money Get to the Schools and Health Centres? Public Expenditure Tracking Systems –Case Study: Public Expenditure Tracking Systems in Practice – How to Establish the Level of Corruption/Leakage

Gender and Development – The Role of Women in Economic Growth
Case Study: Gender and Labour Market Participation of The Extreme Poor in Bangladesh

Finance and Development – Privatisation and Regulations
Case study: Cost of Regulation in Uganda and The Impact of Sugar Privatisation in Jamaica

Social Protection and Development – Programmes for the Poorest
Case Study: Lesotho Pensions System and ‘Just Give Cash To The Poorest’ – Examples of Cash Transfers and Other Social Protection Schemes.

  • 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.
  • Todaro, M. P. and Smith, S. (2006), Economic Development 9 th ed. Pearson, London (recommended for all)
  • Meir G and Rauch JE (eds) (2005), Leading Issues in Economic Development 8 th edition Oxford UP (recommended for all)

See also the Premilinary Reading List/ Links. You will find it on course programme: Materials

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

Taught in English.

Moodle
Online learning environment Moodle will be used on the course. The course Moodle will open on Wed 15 August 2018.

  • Log onto the Moodle learning platform for the course. You can find the link and the course key under ‘Participation information’ in ‘My pages’ or you can also log into the course programme and then choose "Moodle" and you will find the the link and the course key there.
  • Moodle manual for students

Lectures:
Wed 15 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Thu 16 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Mon 20 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Tue 21 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Wed 22 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Thu 23 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm

The essay must be returned to Moodle on 1 October 2018 at the latest.

During your studies

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