YSS-83312 BSc Thesis Economics of Development


Credits 12.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)drs. MGC Smetsers
Examiner(s)prof. dr. EH Bulte
prof. dr. WJM Heijman
prof. dr. EC van Ierland
dr. ir. JHM Peerlings

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Mandatory knowledge:

A minimum of two of the following courses: AEP-20806 Institutional Economics and Economic Organisation Theory; AEP-22806 Spatial and Regional Economics; ECH-21806 Microeconomics; DEC-21806 Macroeconomics and International Trade.

Assumed knowledge on:

See: J. Schakel. Studiewijzer BSc Thesis voor BIN studenten.


This BSc Thesis concludes the major Economics of Development of the BSc BIN. It can be written under supervision of staff of Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy, including Regional Economics (AEP), Development Economics (DEC) or Environmental Economics and Natural Resources (ENR). The student has to study, by means of a literature review (if desired supplemented by empirical research), a subject within the field of the major and prove to have sufficient knowledge to critically analyse and summarise the given subject. The subject will be determined in consultation with the thesis supervisor. The student has to define the research problem and formulate research questions in a proper way, deal with the logistics of carrying out such an individual research project, plan and schedule the different activities in a decent way, and present the results in writing in a clearly organized report.

Learning outcomes:

After completing the BSc Thesis the student is expected to be able to:
- formulate a research problem and do (literature) research according to scientific standards;
- integrate knowledge from various sources and apply theoretical knowledge obtained in the study;
- work individually and independently in scientific research (under supervision);
- plan and carry out such work within the available time;
- report in writing in a clear and understandable way;
- defend the results of such work orally.


Conduct a (literature) study, write a report, and defend it orally during the examination.


See: J. Schakel. Studiewijzer BSc Thesis voor BIN studenten.


To be accorded with the supervisor.

Compulsory for: BINInternational Development StudiesBScB: Economics of Development6WD