Undergraduate course

Development Economics I

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

This course introduces the students to the central issues of economic development in poor countries. It is observed that there are large differences in the material well-being between rich and poor countries, and further, this difference continues to grow over time. In addition to introducing the students to the relevant economic concepts and variables, this course will go through different theories that explain economic development and growth (or the lack of development and growth).

The key issue here is the large and ever-increasing income differential between rich and poor countries. Data will be presented that show these income differentials and how these evolve overtime, and in addition, we will discuss theories that shed light on the causes of these. The course will also give an introduction to how different economic institutions and markets, (e.g., labour and credit markets), function in poor countries, and discuss the existence of certain economic mechanisms that reproduce and reinforce poverty - poverty traps.

Learning Outcomes

A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate

  • Can explain inequalities between rich and poor countries, how the differences have evolved over time and how other measurements of quality of life correlates with per capita income.
  • Can explain the concept of economic growth.
  • Has knowledge of different measurements of poverty and inequality, and pros and cons of the different measurements. The student shall understand different characteristics of world demographics and explain how population growth affects other economic circumstances.
  • Can explain the development of international trade patterns and central theories of international trade.
  • Has knowledge of central multilateral humanitarian organisations and their role.



The candidate

  • Can use models as tools for analysing e.g. differences between rich and poor countries and effects of economic growth on inequality and poverty.

Teaching and learning methods


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

There is one assignment in the course that are obligatory. The assignment is to be graded approved or not approved. The grade for the course is based on the written examination provided that the students have passed the assignment. The obligatory assignment is valid for this and the three following terms.

Forms of Assessment

4 hours written exam

Grading Scale

Grading A-F

Assessment Semester


Course Evaluation

All the courses at the Department of Economics are evaluated at the end of each semester.


Contact Information

Department of Economics

E-mail: studieveileder@econ.uib.no

Tlf: +47 55 58 92 26

Exam information

  • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    05.12.2017, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline