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Cursus: MAN-BCU2040
Economic Development
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Studiepunten (ECTS)6
Aangeboden doorRadboud Universiteit; Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen; Bachelor Economie en Bedrijfseconomie;
dr. L.M. Metzger
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dr. L.M. Metzger
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dr. L.M. Metzger
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Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. L.M. Metzger
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prof. dr. N. Wagner
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3  (29-01-2024 t/m 07-04-2024)
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After following the course ‘economic development’ students are able to:
-              Explain the differences in economic development between countries and regions using theory and empirical evidence
-              Discuss the influence of economic policy on the differences in economic development between countries and regions
-              Gain a solid understanding of the concept of development beyond economic growth
-              Understand and discuss the main causes and consequences of poverty and inequality
-              Understand, discuss, and critically assess research on the aforementioned topics 
-              Be able to understand, follow, and engage with contemporary policy debates on the aforementioned topics
-              Calculate several poverty and inequality measures as well as conduct basic empirical analysis using R and Excel and use them to answer research questions on development related issues

The course ‘economic development’ deals with the determinants and patterns of economic and human development and inequality, and with the relationship between development, poverty and inequality. Its main focus is on the so-called developing world. The major questions addressed in the course are

  1. What do we mean by economic development? How do we measure and compare it across countries? Introducing the big questions of economic development and how to classify countries by level of development. We will also discuss what we mean by development and how the international community is committing to ending multidimensional poverty by 2030 to make life better for all. Further, we dive into approaches for measuring and comparing development across countries. It also takes a look at how living standards have been evolving globally since the industrial revolution, the resulting inequalities between countries, and the role of colonialism has been playing in this mix.
  2. How and why does development happen? Four classic theories of economic development. We will explore four classic theories from the 1950s/60s (Rostow’s stages of growth) to the 1980s/90s (Neoclassical counter-revolution) that all seek to explain why and how development takes place (or why it doesn’t) and how to sustain it. Each theory takes a different perspective on development and reveals much about scholarly global development at the time.
  3. How and why does development happen continued? Continuing the themes under point 2, we will place earlier thinking about development in the context of today’s world. In particular, we look at new development theories, colonial legacies, and the role of government policies for facilitating development and shared growth by helping to overcome market failures.
  4. What is the relationship between economic and human development? How do these forms of development influence, and how are they influenced by, the distribution of resources and rewards within societies? Human development is a broader concept that focuses on the well-being of individuals and communities and their ability to lead fulfilling lives. This part of the course primarily zooms in on the role of human capital for development, in particular education and health.
  5. Why should we care about poverty and inequality and their interplayIn this part of the course, we will focus on poverty and inequality, including poverty and inequality measurement. We will discuss, among other, the measurement of poverty, inequality and development at household and national level. Poverty and inequality can have negative impacts on individuals and communities. Inequality, on the other hand, can lead to social exclusion and unequal opportunities, which can prevent individuals and communities from achieving their full potential and lead to feelings of frustration and resentment.
  6. What is the role of the agricultural sector for economic development? The agricultural sector plays a crucial role in economic development. Agriculture is a major source of livelihood for a large part of the global population, particularly in developing countries. It provides food, income, and employment for millions of people, and is a key contributor to national economies. In particular we will discuss the role of women and children in rural communities.


Basic knowledge of micro and macro economics (e.g. Economie van de Managementwetenschappen), Basic statistical knowledge (e.g. OIM A&B).
Written exam with open questions, multiple choice questions, and numerical questions. Group work, active participation, and (computer) assignments. Passing the assignments successfully is required to be admitted to the exam. Partial result from previous year will not be valid, because the grading scheme is revised.

Ba 2 PM RE


Sustainability certificate


ToetsvormDigitale toets met CIRRUS
GelegenhedenBlok 3, Blok 4

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