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Economic Growth and Development




Admissions requirements

Microeconomics or Macroeconomics or Trade and Finance / International Economics or the instructor’s permission.


Content: This 300-level course will present students with the basic theories and empirical evidence on economic growth and national development – processes that affect each other as they influence our lives on the extensive (quantified growth) and intensive (quality of life) margins, respectively.. It will cover conventional economic theories of growth (from Solow to endogenous growth theory), the role of institutions (from culture to governance), and review empirical evidence related to growth and development in nations over the past thousand years.

Themes: Political economy, institutions, trade, inequality, sustainability

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.


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.


Class participation: 17.5%
Blog post: 10%
Peer reviews: 10% each (20% total)
Individual Presentation: 17.5%
Case study paper: 35%

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


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).


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


David Zetland (
Leiden University College, Room 4.37


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