Course code ECN450

ECN450 Development Economics: Methods and Policy Analysis

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Course responsible: Stein Terje Holden
ECTS credits: 20
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
Th course is not given Autumn 2014/January 2015. This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, January block for writing og scientific paper.
Course frequency: Other, Given on request.
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Teaching is combined with ECN350. Quantitative Development Policy Analysis: - Economic model building. - Production analysis and natural resources. - Demand analysis. - Household models. - Economy-wide models. - Supply response. - Econometric estimation with limited dependent variables. Economics of rural organisation. - New Institutional Economics and development. - Theories of collective action. - Market failures and externalities. - Food security and price stabilisation. - Land reforms and impact assessment. Environment and development. - Market imperfections and the environment. - Poverty and land degradation. Climate risk and adaptation. Choice of own topic for paper
Learning outcome:
Application of economic theory and methodology on development policy issues in developing countries. Combination of theory and methodology. Tools for policy analysis. Training in scientific writing.
Learning activities:
Lectures, compulsory exercises, presentations, writing a scientific paper.
Teaching support:
The teacher is available during office hours.
A detailed reading list is handed out at the start of the course.
MSc degree in Economics or Agricultural Economics.
Recommended prerequisites:
As ECN350.
Mandatory activity:
Exercises, group work, presentations, writing of individual paper.
Final written examination: 1/2, Scientific paper: 1/2. Final written examination joint with ECN350.
Nominal workload:
600 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
ECN350 - 10 credit units.
Type of course:
Lectures: 2-4 hours per week. Exercises: 0-2 hours per week. Writing of paper.
External examiner will control the quality of syllabus, questions for the final examination, and principles for the assessment of the examination answers.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått