Economic Development Theory

The details
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
24 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA L16412 International Development,
MSC L16512 Quantitative International Development

Module description

This module examines the distinctive features of less developed economies.

The module will review theories that try to explain persistent poverty and inequality in those economies. Issues such as child labour, inequality, growth, poverty traps, measurement, and urban-rural migration are examined theoretically. The second half of the module examines current empirical literature through carefully examining journal articles and working papers.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To provide students with an an in-depth understanding of some of the problems facing developing countries and a toolkit to analyze policy programs both theoretically and empirically.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Carry out advanced research into, and to act as policy advisors on, issues related to development economics.

  2. Be capable of evaluating policies in the context of the subject matter of the course from an economic perspective.

Skills for your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

By the end of this module, students will be expected to develop a range of employability skills including:

  1. Academic skills.

  2. Professional working skills.

  3. External awareness.

  4. Numeracy skills.

Module information

This module will examine issues of behavioural economics, public infrastructure, and how government provision of programs effect child development. The empirical part of the module will focus on micro-econometric studies and will introduce students to many new techniques used to evaluate policy programs. The common thread in linking the theoretical and empirical parts of the module is the attempt to identify policy options and prescriptions that can be used to alleviate many burdens - such as poverty and inequality - faced by less developed economies.

Feedback for this module will occur through class meetings where we will go over the answers to problem sets and where you will be able to ask questions about your own method of solution; office hours where any additional questions can be addressed. You should be sure that you use these methods to understand how to improve your own performance. Please go over past exam questions and discuss your suggested answers in office hours throughout the term.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One 2-hour lecture per week.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Term paper    100% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book, 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book, 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Francesca Salvati, email:
Lectures: Dr Francesca Salvati
For further information, send an email message to



External examiner

Dr Domenico Moro
university of Birmingham
Available via Moodle
Of 114 hours, 20 (17.5%) hours available to students:
94 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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