DEC-30306 Central Themes in Development Economics


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. MM van den Berg
Lecturer(s)dr. NBM Heerink
prof. dr. EH Bulte
dr. JG Klomp
dr. ir. MM van den Berg
Examiner(s)dr. ir. MM van den Berg

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

DEC-20306 Rural Households and Livelihood Strategies; DEC-20806 Introduction to Development Economics; AEP-31306 Rural Economic Analysis.

Continuation courses:

Thesis Development Economics.


This advanced course provides an in-depth treatment of various important contemporary issues in development economics. We will discuss state-of-the-art literature on a selection of topics. The topics include poverty measurement, impact assessment, and risks, and also how development is related to aid, institutional quality, functioning of markets, health, agriculture, resources and trade.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- analyse links between a range of factors and economic development;
- appraise existing literature on economic development;
- contrast different theories on development issues;
- apply methods for impact assessment and poverty measuring;
- apply models adequate to a number of development issues.


Studying the literature on a number of central issues and discussing the findings and conclusions with students and staff.


Written exam with open question.


Course guide and literature list is available at the secretariat of the Development Economics Group.

Restricted Optional for: MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScC: Economics, Environment and Governance5AF
MIDInternational Development StudiesMScB: Economics of Development5AF