ECN450 Development Economics: Methods and Policy Analysis
Showing course contents for the educational year 2016 - 2017 .
Course responsible: Stein Terje Holden
ECTS credits: 20
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN
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
Last time: 2017V
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
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.
Lectures, compulsory exercises, presentations, writing a scientific paper.
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.
Exercises, group work, presentations, writing of scientific paper.
Scientific paper accounts for 50% and written 3.5 hours examination accounts for 50% (joint with ECN350). If you fail one of them, you fail the course. A retake exam (50% of the final grade) is organized in the following semester for those students who passed the scientific paper, but failed the individual written exam or with a legitimate reason (illness) for absence at the written exam. A retake exam will not be organized for scientific paper, only for the written examination.
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.
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