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Development Economics: Theory & Evidence - ECO00031M

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  • Department: Economics and Related Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Anindya Bhattacharya
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module summary

This module introduces students to the analyses of key microeconomic issues and their relevance in terms of helping to explain and understand the problems facing currently developing economies from a theoretical and empirical standpoint.

Professional requirements

None. However, for studying this course successfully, knowledge of the basics of Game Theory, Information Economics and Econometrics is helpful.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

  • to introduce students to relevant microeconomic theories to understand some of the features of the less-developed economies.
  • to introduce students to the insights provided by such theoretical approaches into analysing the general and specific issues facing different sectors of developing economies.
  • to introduce students to the applied implications of theoretical insights.
  • to introduce students to the current empirical studies supporting the existing theories in development economics.

Module learning outcomes

Having completed this module, students should be able to:

  • use a variety of theoretical tools to understand and analyze some of the crucial microeconomic issues of less-developed economies;
  • acquire the relevant theoretical skills and understanding which will enable them to apply the insights to a variety of economic phenomena;
  • evaluate some of the published research on the topics;
  • use insights from microeconomic theory to establish working hypotheses which may be tested in empirical work on less-developed economies.


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam - 24 hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Open exam : Development Economics: Theory & Evidence
8 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam - 24 hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Open exam : Development Economics: Theory & Evidence
8 hours 100

Module feedback

Feedback will be made available according to University guidelines.

Indicative reading

The reading list will be mostly based on recent academic papers.

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