ECN253 Økonomiske analyser av utvikling og fattigdom


Ansvarlig fakultet:Handelshøyskolen

Emneansvarlig:Arild Einar Bjørn Angelsen

Campus / nettbasert:Undervises campus Ås

Undervisningens språk:Engelsk


Forventet arbeidsmengde:125 timer

Undervisnings- og vurderingsperiode:Emnet starter i vårparallellen. Emnet har undervisning/vurdering i vårparallellen.

Om dette emnet

Development economics is the study of how national economies achieve development and reduce poverty, hunger and illiteracy. In this introductory course, we will address questions such as: Why do some countries make rapid progress while many others remain poor? What are the causes of extreme poverty? What policies have been most effective in improving the lives of the poor? How do economic institutions and natural resources shape the prospects of sustainable development?

The course will be structured in three parts: (i) major economic development theories, concepts and indicators, (ii) domestic policies and the structure of national economies, (iii) economic development within a global context: International and sustainability dimensions.

Dette lærer du


  • Knowledge about major theories and concepts used in development economics.
  • A critical understanding of key questions and debates on growth and poverty in developing countries.
  • Knowledge about the role of institutions, international cooperation and trade in economic growth and development.


  • Able to understand and critically evaluate current debates on economic development and growth.
  • Able to write about and critically discuss a selected topic on economic development and poverty.
  • Able to orally present and discuss a topic in economic development.
  • A combination of lectures and class discussions based on the required readings. A textbook to be selected will provide the reading for most classes.
  • A textbook in Development Economics to be selected.
  • A combined assessment consisting of:

    1. One multiple-choice exam at the end of the course (40%).
    2. One individual essay (approx. 2000 words) on a chosen topic, approved by the course responsible (40%).
    3. One short essay (approx. 600 words), critically discussing the class presentation and essay of a fellow student (20%).

    Skriftlig eksamen Karakterregel: Bokstavkarakterer Hjelpemiddel: A1 Ingen kalkulator, ingen andre hjelpemidler Individuell innlevering - Essay Karakterregel: Bokstavkarakterer Individuell innlevering - Short Essay Karakterregel: Bokstavkarakterer
  • An external examiner will control the quality of the syllabus, questions for the final examination, and principles for the assessment of the examination answers.
  • Compulsory 80% attendance of classes and exercises
  • Emnet vil blir undervist på engelsk. Innvekslingsstudenter kan ta kontakt med studieveiledere ved Handelshøyskolen ( for å få vurdert om de kan få plass på emnet.
  • 11 lectures (2 hours each, one per week) + student presentations.
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