Postgraduate Course: Development Economics (ECNM11030)
|School||School of Economics
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course aims to provide students with an introduction to the recent research in development economics.
The focus will be on the following themes:
1) Poverty measurement and theory; poverty traps.
2) Intra-household consumption decision and income allocation.
3) Risk, risk coping mechanisms (risk sharing, insurance groups, witchcraft, etc.); Informal savings.
4) Introduction to randomized controlled trials; mobile banking, microcredit.
5) Early childhood development ¿ long term impacts of shocks; social protection (conditional cash transfers, public works).
6) Education: Keeping children at school ¿ and improving learning outcomes.
7) Health behaviour and behavioural economics (use of bednets, uptake of insurance, use of cookstoves, etc.).
Students will be exposed to a blend of theoretical models and empirical applications enabling them to get a better understanding of the obstacles to economic development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Students should be registered for MSc Economics or MSc Economics (Finance). All other students must email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance to request permission.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Students should be registered for MSc Economics or MSc Economics (Finance). All other students must email email@example.com in advance to request permission.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 4 (Sem 2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 18,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Centrally arranged May Exam diet
Hours for the exam 2
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
| The course aims to provide students with an introduction to the recent research in development economics
|The course material is based on a series of recently published papers. |
Here is a list of general reading:
Duflo, E. and Banerjee, A. (2011) Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty (PublicAffairs, US) Website: www.pooreconomics.com
Collins, D., Morduch, J. and Rutherford, S. (2010) Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day (Princeton University Press).
Armendariz de Aghion, Beatriz and Jonathan Morduch (2005). The Economics of Microfinance. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press.
Karlan, D. and Appel, J. (2011) More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics is Helping to solve Global Poverty (Dutton)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mr Phillippe Lemay-Boucher
|Course secretary||Miss Carole-Anne Marshall
Tel: (0131 6)51 1795