DEC-20806 Introduction to Development Economics


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. EH Bulte
M Malan
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MJ Voors
prof. dr. EH Bulte
M Malan
Examiner(s)prof. dr. EH Bulte

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

DEC-10306 Economics.


This course offers a systematic introduction to development economics, with special emphasis on agricultural and rural development processes. The main development theories are discussed. Attention is focused on issues like poverty and distribution, population and migration, trade and globalization, domestic policies, and aid and institutional development.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

- describe a broad gamma of (economic) development theories;

- explain key concepts of development economics;

- apply simple models to analyse various issues germane to economic development, such as economic growth, poverty and income distribution, population and migration, trade and globalisation, domestic policies, and aid and institutional development;

- analyse economic aspects of agricultural and rural development


- following lectures;

- assisting at a practical and making exercises;

- preparation for the examination.


Written exam with essay questions and exercises (100%).


Lybbert, Travis J., and J. Edward Taylor. Essentials of development economics. Second edition. University of California Press, 2015.

Compulsory for: BINInternational Development StudiesBSc1AF
Compulsory for: WUESDBSc Minor Economics of Sustainable Development1AF