DEC-30306 Central Themes in Economics of Development


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. MM van den Berg
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. JHM Peerlings
dr. AP Richter
prof. dr. EH Bulte
dr. JG Klomp
dr. ir. MM van den Berg
dr. J Pieters
Examiner(s)dr. ir. MM van den Berg

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

AEP-20806 Institutional Economics and Economic Organisation Theory, AEP-21306 Econometrics, DEC-21806 Macroeconomics and International Trade, and DEC-32806 Impact Assessment of Policies and Programmes or YSS-35306 Theories and Models in Economics

Continuation courses:

AEP-80433 MSc Thesis Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy, AEP-81333 MSc Thesis Regional Economics, DEC-80433 MSc thesis Development Economics, ENR-80433 MSc Thesis Environmental Economics and Natural Resources


The economics of development deals with processes of socio-economic and institutional change in low income, transition, and high income countries. Market, state and civil society each have their role to play in development, and the specificity and balance of these roles depend on the particular time and place. Therefore, we need to learn how to think about development more than to learn blueprints. This advanced course provides an in-depth treatment of the contemporary thinking about various important issues in economic development. We discuss state-of-the-art literature in a series of twelve lectures. Each lecture is followed by a tutorial in which the students discuss and apply the theories and models covered. The course covers topics such as poverty, development and conflicts, employment, rural development programs, gender inequality, the natural resource curse, and trade liberalisation. Each student selects one topic to develop into a short research proposal.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- analyze links between a range of factors and economic development;
- appraise existing literature on economic development;
- contrast different economic theories on development issues;
- apply adequate economic models 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, making assignments, and writing a research proposal.


Written exam with open questions (50%); workshop assignments (20%); research proposal (30%); minimum grade for each 5.5.


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

Verplicht voor: MIDInternational Development StudiesMScB: Economics of Development5AF
Keuze voor: MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScC: Economics and Governance5AF