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Postgraduate Course: Development Economics (ECNM11030)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Economics CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should be registered for MSc Economics or MSc Economics (Finance). All other students must email sgpe@ed.ac.uk in advance to request permission.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents should be registered for MSc Economics or MSc Economics (Finance). All other students must email sgpe@ed.ac.uk in advance to request permission.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  14
Course Start Block 4 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 18, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Centrally arranged May Exam diet
Hours for the exam 2
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
The course aims to provide students with an introduction to the recent research in development economics
Reading List
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)

Additional Information
Course URL http://www.sgpe.ac.uk
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsEconomics,Development,Market Imperfections,Institutions,Governance.
Contacts
Course organiserMr Phillippe Lemay-Boucher
Tel:
Email: v1plbou1@exseed.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Carole-Anne Marshall
Tel: (0131 6)51 1795
Email: Carole-Anne.Marshall@ed.ac.uk
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