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ES30035: Analytical development economics

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Economics
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 30%, EX 70%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 30%)
  • Examination (EX 70% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Reassessment not allowed
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take ES20011 and take ES20013
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To illustrate the application of modern analytic tools in macro and microeconomics (learnt in previous units) to key development issues and problems;
* To introduce new techniques and methods for the analysis of contemporary development issues and questions;
* To encourage a questioning approach in the application of techniques.

Learning Outcomes:
Students should develop their appreciation of the power of economic analysis in addressing applied questions, here specifically in relation to development questions. They should also develop a critical ability in linking economic analysis to real issues, and also recognise its limitations.


* Skills in explaining often complex ideas intuitively in writing or verbally.
* The ability to read research articles in development economics critically and understand key arguments or messages.
* An understanding of how to apply analytic skills to new questions.

Topics will include: conceptions of development: growth, inequality and poverty, insights from growth theory, the role of market imperfections and poor governance, the nature of markets in developing economies: land, labour and credit, corruption, aid and incentives.
Key text: Ray, D. Development Economics (Princeton 1998).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ES30035 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
  • UHES-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Economics and International Development (Year 3)
  • UHES-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Economics and International Development with Year long work placement (Year 4)

ES30035 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
  • UHES-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics (Year 3)
  • UHES-AKB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHES-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics (Year 3)
  • UHES-AKB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Year long work placement (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.