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KINT 4715 - Development Economics: Macroeconomic and Political Economic Issues

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course is intended to provide a general overview of the dominant views about economic development and policy. We will cover macroeconomic topics and political economic issues affecting economic development. We will first cover a few basics in international finance. We will then tackle a number of important questions: why are some countries so rich and others so poor? Do differences in economic development today have historical roots? What are the mechanisms and channels through which history matters? What factors have determined which countries prosper? Can these factors be changed with specific economic policies? If so, what are they and how are they best implemented? We will consider these questions and more. Objective of the course : the course is intended to provide a general overview of the dominant views about economic development and policy, and to provide students a sense of the most recent research in the field. In the course, a particular effort is made to link the theories and empirical evidence to the real world.


  • CAGÉ, Julia (Enseignant/Chercheur en Economie)
  • MOUGIN, Elisa (Doctorante)

Course validation

A mid-term exam that will take place in class (30%) ; a final paper (70%). Students are required to write a final paper that examines an important question related to economic development. The paper can be written in group (2 to 3 students per final paper). The student's aim should be to undertake an investigation that improves our understanding of the process of development and also considers what can be done to aid development in poor countries. The paper should be an exposition of the student's findings. Students are required to submit a hard copy and an electronic copy of their final paper. A more detailed description of the expectations for the paper will be provided in class. The final paper is due on the last day of class.


Prior to the beginning of each class, students are requited to read at least one of the required readings for that day. Most importantly, everyone is expected to participate in class discussions. Class participation is taken very seriously.

Required reading

  • Acemoglu, Daron and James Robinson (2012): Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, Random House
  • Easterly, William R. (2002): The Elusive Quest for Growth, The MIT Press