wir893 - Development Economics (Complete module description)

wir893 - Development Economics (Complete module description)

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Module label Development Economics
Modulkürzel wir893
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law (Economics)
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master Applied Economics and Data Science (Master) > Economics
  • Master's Programme Sustainability Economics and Management (Master) > Supplementary Modules
Zuständige Personen
  • Bitzer, Jürgen (module responsibility)
  • Lehrenden, Die im Modul (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Bitzer, Jürgen (Module counselling)
Skills to be acquired in this module

The students are able:

  • to identify an discuss empirical challenges in research on developing countries
  • to understand, summarize, and discuss recent research studies in development economics
  • evaluate strategies to reach sustainable economic development discussed in the public and politics
  • participate in a discussion on the topic, developing a well-grounded position and problem solving strategy
  • to present current research to and discuss it verbally and in written form
  • to identify gaps in the literature on developing countries
Module contents
The module introduces the students to the current challenges of developing countries and the strategies to overcome them. The module will focus on the empirical research on developing countries, addressing the reasons for the sluggish development as well as the applied approaches to foster economic development. In the lecture the empirical methods used in development economics will be discussed. In the seminar current research papers on topics like poverty, conflicts, foreign aid, health, human capital and institutions in developing countries will be discussed.

Michael P. Todaro and Stephen C. Smith (2014): Economic Development, 12th Edition, Pearson: New York.

Söderbom, Måns , Francis Teal, Markus Eberhardt, Simon Quinn and Andrew Zeitlin (2015): Empirical Development Economics, Routledge: New York.
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency Yearly
Module capacity unlimited
Type of module Pflicht o. Wahlpflicht / compulsory or optional
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Teaching/Learning method Lecture and seminar
Previous knowledge Econometrics, Economic Growth
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Seminar 2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
At the end of the lecture period
Formal presentation with written elaboration and discussion