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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
ECM0013199, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
EP2093, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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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
E-Learning website
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

Course unit organization
Period Second trimester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 07/01/2020
End of activities 14/03/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

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, the microeconomic theory of consumers and macroeconomics.
Particularly, students should be familiar with the methods of linear regression (and instrumental variables).
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: This course will offer provide students with an introductory knowledge of the most recent dynamics emerged in the developing countries economies and a number of characteristics specific to these economies.
The course deals with micro- and macro-economic issues prevailing among developing countries.
The following topics will be discussed:
1. The Development Gap.
2. Poverty and Inequality.
3. Growth theory: Solow model and Empirics of the Solow Model.
4. Development, the quality of institutions and growth.
5. Structural Change and Development Strategies: The Lewis model, The Harris-Todaro model of rural-urban migration, foreign aid.
6. Population growth. Determinants of fertility.
7. Education in developing countries. Determinants of child labor.
8. Health care delivery in developing countries and HIV prevention.
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
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Acemoglu, Daron, Introduction to modern economic growth. Princeton: Princeton university press, 2008. (only the chapters discussed in class) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Roland, Gérard, Development economicsGérard Roland. Boston [etc.]: Pearson, 2014. (only the chapters discussed in class) Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Learning journal

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Latex

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No Poverty Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Gender Equality Decent Work and Economic Growth Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions