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Course unit
ECM0013199, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course First cycle degree in
EP2093, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS
Department of reference Department of Economics and Management
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SECS-P/02 POLITICA ECONOMICA 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second trimester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 08/01/2018
End of activities 09/03/2018

Prerequisites: The course Development Economics is mainly quantitative and includes both theoretical models and econometric analysis. Students attending this course should be familiar with basic mathematical analysis, basic statistics and the microeconomic theory of consumers. Particularly, students should be familiar with the methods of linear regression.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge and abilities that students are supposed to acquire in this course regard both the contents and the methods. Students are required to learn and acknowledge some of the most recent dynamics emerged in the developing countries’ economies and a number of characteristics specific to these economies. From the methodological perspective, students are supposed to learn several quantitative and econometric techniques that are more and more widely used in economic research. Furthermore, they are supposed to be able of applying their new competences to access at least the main contents of recently published scientific papers.
Examination methods: Weights associated to the written test and the oral presentation are 55 percent and 35 percent respectively. Active class participation will count for the remaining 10 percent. As regards the written test, completeness, clarity and procedural correctness will be evaluated. As regards the presentation to the class, the level of comprehension of the problem, the ability to summarize and simplify and presentation effectiveness will be considered.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation will be based on the
1) degree of comprehension of the economic phenomena that will be studied and of the adopted methodologies
2) ability to apply concepts and methods to other possible circumstances of the developing economies
3) ability to autonomously analyse and understand an academic essay as well as summarise and orally present it
Course unit contents: The course is organized in two parts: part A) includes some micro- and macro-economic issues prevailing among developing countries and part B) deals with the so-called growth theory
Part A) will include the following topics:
1) Definition and classification of developing countries according to alternative international criteria.
2) The dynamic of poverty and inequality.
3) Population growth and the economic determinants of fertility. Family planning and population growth.
4) Education in developing countries. Economic determinants of child labor, with particular attention to the role of poverty .
5) Health care delivery in developing countries.
6) Migration and Urbanization.
7) Foreign finance, remittances, and foreign aid.
8) Institutions and Economics development. The long run effect of colonial institutions on economic development.
Part B) will include a rather detailed analysis of the following models:
1) the Solow model of economic growth and its empirical implementation. The role of factor accumulation
2) the Ramsey model: optimal intertemporal consumption
3) the Lucas model of endogenous economic growth. The role of investing in human capital
4) elements of other models of endogenous growth
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: lectures and in-classes exercises and student presentations
Additional notes about suggested reading: After each lecture, students will find the slides to be discussed in class. At the beginning of the course a reading list will be provided with the indication of the papers that students are supposed to read. Some parts of the course will be based on two recently published manuals (Acemoglu, 2008)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • D. Acemoglu, Introduction to Modern Growth Theory. Princeton: Pricenton University Press, 2008. (only the chapters discussed in class)
  • Gerard Roland, Development Economics. Oxford: Routledge, 2014. (only the chapters discussed in class) Cerca nel catalogo