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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP8082597, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP2372, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ECONOMIC GROWTH
Website of the academic structure
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

Teacher in charge ARRIGO OPOCHER SECS-P/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SECS-P/01 Political Economy 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione AA 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 OPOCHER ARRIGO (Presidente)
BASSETTI THOMAS (Membro Effettivo)
TUSSET GIANFRANCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The course requires a good training in micro- and macroeconomics (undergraduate level), and a good mastering of the fundamentals of algebra and of quantitative methods. It also requires an adequate proficiency in written and spoken English.
Target skills and knowledge: Students will learn the main logic of the most common models of economic growth and to assess their explanatory power. Also, they learn to apply theoretical knowledge to a number of issues of present-day interest.
Examination methods: Depending on the number of students, the exam consists in a combination of:
a) the elaboration of short papers (possibly working in group);
b) the elaboration of a final paper in which the notions acquired in the course will be applied to specific cases;
c) a final written exam;
d) an oral discussion of a) and b).
Assessment criteria: The assessment tests the completeness and precision of the student's understanding of the methods and topics of the course and their degree of autonomy in applying and discussing them. Due account will be taken of complience with the assignments.
Course unit contents: 1) The historical evolution of per capita output and international comparisons: what ought to be explained?
2) The 'mechanics' of growth in macroeconomic models
3) The biases, sources and impact of technical change: the macroeconomic point of view
4) Some topics:
a) How can growth increase earnings inequality?
b) How can growth increase unemployment?
c) How can aggregate demand limit growth?
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists in 42 lecture hours (in English), with the aid of slides and short videos that the students can download from the elearning Platform 'Moodle'. The attending students are requested to do a series of assignments (elaborations of empirical data, short comments on academic articles, ...) using the Moodle platform.
Additional notes about suggested reading: For parts 1) to 3) the students can refer to Daron Acemoglu, Introduction to Modern Economic Growth, Princeton University Press, 2009 (ebook edition)) and Philippe Aghion and Peter Howitt, Endogenous growth Theory, MIT Press, 1998; for part 4), a reading list (Journal articles, reports, other materials) will be available in the Moodle platform. A complete list of readings is given at the beginning of the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Daron Acemoglu, Introduction to Modern Economic Growth. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009. ebook edition Cerca nel catalogo
  • Philippe Aghion and Peter Howitt, Endogenous Growth Theory. Cambridge (Mass.): Mit Press, 1998. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Decent Work and Economic Growth Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Reduced Inequalities Climate Action