DEC-22803 Theorists of Economic Growth


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. R Haagsma
Lecturer(s)dr. R Haagsma
dr. HP Weikard
Examiner(s)dr. R Haagsma
dr. HP Weikard

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

DEC-10306 Economics.


In this course we survey the important theorists in economics from Adam Smith to the present, and particularly explore how they chose to deal or not to deal with the variables and problems posed by the dynamics of economic growth. We demonstrate how past mainstream thought about economic growth has contributed to the scope and method of modern growth theories. We also discuss deviations from orthodoxy that have helped to shape contemporary thought about growth.

Learning outcomes:

- students will be able to put contemporary thought about economic growth into historical perspective;
- students will be able to assess the place and importance of the major theorists of economic growth.


- attendance of lectures;
- writing a paper.


- individual paper (30%);
- written exam with 16 closed and 4 open questions (70%).
For the paper a minimum mark of 5.0 is required and for the written exam a minimum mark of 5.50.


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

Compulsory for: BINInternational Development StudiesBSc3MO
BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc1MO