ECON4408 Advanced Development Economics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Economics [Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)]
This unit provides an analytical framework for studying the economic problems of developing countries. It examines relevant microeconomic and macroeconomic theories over a range of issues that characterise developing countries such as economic growth, poverty and inequality, education and health.
Students are able to (1) identify and apply the relevant microeconomic and macroeconomic theories concerning growth and development in developing countries; (2) develop an understanding of empirical techniques and be able to select and apply an appropriate empirical method for a range of problems; (3) identify the factors that contribute to economic development; (4) critically review selected literature in development economics; (5) demonstrate the capability to write and speak clearly and concisely on development economics; (6) identify key challenges and respond appropriately to ethical, cultural, social and sustainability issues; and (7) develop competencies to work effectively in diverse teams.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) group work ; (2) in-class test; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Anu Rammohan
Unit rules
for Master of Public Policy: ECON5540 Economic Analysis and Policy;
enrolment in Master of Economics, Master of International Development Economics and Development specialisation,
honours Economics specialisation
Contact hours
lectures/Practical Classes/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.