Economic Development Theory

The details
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
06 January 2020


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. In the first part of the module we 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.

We 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.

Module aims

This module aims 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

Upon successful completion of this module students will be able to carry out advanced research into, and to act as policy advisors on, issues related to development economics. They should also be capable of evaluating policies in the context of the subject matter of the course from an economic perspective.

This course will provide a range of employability skills. In particular you will gain academic skills, professional working skills, and external awareness. The models discussed in class with provide you with numeracy skills while the ability to do a term paper and read current research work will allow you to develop working skills. Finally, given the topic of the course, you will be exposed to issues facing people in other countries and differences between other cultures that will increase your external awareness. All of this will provide you with a range of employability skills.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

One 2 hour lecture per week. 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.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Term paper     
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Ceren Baysan, email:
Dr Ceren Baysan
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External examiner

Dr Francis Kiraly
Newcastle University
Lecturer Economics
Available via Moodle
Of 22 hours, 22 (100%) hours available to students:
0 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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