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ECO3033 : Development Economics

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sara Maioli
  • Lecturer: Dr Smriti Sharma
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module should aims to provide an understanding of:
1. The key theoretical models of growth and development
2. Key concerns faced by developing countries today and how to use economic tools and reasoning to develop a better understanding of these problems and potential solutions

The module will start by providing an introduction to development and measurement of key indicators of development. It will then proceed to discussing the seminal theories of growth and development. These theories and other empirical concepts will then be used to study key themes in development economics such as human capital (health and education), conflict, gender, and the importance of institutions etc.

Outline Of Syllabus

Models of growth and development (Lewis model, Big Push, O-ring)
Poverty and inequality (concepts and measurement)
Agriculture and land tenure
Urbanisation and migration (Harris-Todaro model)
Trade liberalisation and development
(Intuitive) introduction to causal inference
Geography and institutions
Public goods provision
Human capital: health, education and child labour
Credit, insurance, and microfinance
Fertility and gender

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion164:0064:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are the primary means of delivery of content to students. These provide an overview of the main topics and their treatment in earlier and current literature. Seminars require students to explore how economic analysis has been applied to particular topics recently and to give oral debates on their group work. Independent study involves following up on reading list references, library and website resources for oral debates, report submission, and examination preparation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M20Group Report will be on the same topics as the debates.Half the students will submit report in s1/other half in s2. Report 2500-3000
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1MOral debates on prescribed topics. Half the students will debate in semester 1 and the remaining half in semester 2
Oral Presentation2MOral debates on prescribed topics. Half the students will debate in semester 1 and the remaining half in semester 2
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The unseen written exam is an appropriate way to assess students' understanding of the subject and their ability to effectively answer questions within a given time frame.

Debates (formative assessment) and accompanying reports provide scope for independent and in-depth investigation of a particular area of the syllabus, in collaboration with others.

Reading Lists