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
Last time: 2017V
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 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. 
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.
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