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Economic Growth and Development

Vak 2015-2016

Tags

GED, ID, PSc, Ec

Admissions requirements

Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, or Trade and Finance.

Description

Content: This 300-level course will present students with the basic theories and empirical evidence on economic growth and comparative development. It will cover conventional economic theories of growth (from Solow to endogenous growth theory), the role of institutions (from culture to governance) in growth and development, and review empirical evidence (from colonialism to the industrial revolution, to post-colonial growth in the modern era).
Themes: Political economy, institutions, trade, regulation, transaction costs

Course objectives

After completing this class, students will have a demonstrable knowledge of:

  • The role of individuals, groups and nations in innovation and productivity.
  • The impact of equality, access and opportunity on development.
  • The connections between theories and empirical evidence for growth.
  • Growth/development via, e.g., comparative advantage, colonial mercantilism, resource exploitation, and institutional evolution.
  • The connections among growth, human development, sustainability and international relations.

Timetable

Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

The course is taught through two-hour seminars. Students will be expected to participate in both large and small group discussions and present and defend their ideas within an academic settings. The instructor will facilitate and ensure the efficient running of the discussion, but students are responsible for its quality. Required reading must be read in advance of class.

Assessment

Class participation: 10%
Blog post: 10%
Peer reviews: 20% (10% each)
Individual Presentation: 20%
Case study paper: 30%
Student presentations of papers: 10%

NB: Plagiarism software will be used to assess written assignments.

Blackboard

There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

We will read excerpts from books and academic papers (TBA)

Registration

This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact course.administration@luc.leidenuniv.nl.

Contact

Dr. David Zetland, d.j.zetland@luc.leidenuniv.nl
Leiden University College, Room 4.37
Faculteit Campus Den Haag

Remarks

Blogs are great for learning about economics. Check out Marginal Revolution