Postgraduate course

Development Economics II

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

More than a billion individuals, mostly in low and middle income countries, live on less than $1.25 a day. The aim of this course is to broadly address the question: why are poor countries poor? In particular, we seek to identify both features of the organization of a poor economy as well as its external environment that could generate, perpetuate, and alleviate poverty at the macro-level. A mix of theoretical and empirical studies are utilised for this purpose. Among other topics, the following are highlighted:

  • What are the relationships among growth, inequality, and poverty?
  • What are the empirical patterns of growth?
  • What are the deep determinants of economic development?

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

  • Has an understanding of the long-run drivers of differences in income levels across countries
  • Can outline the main patterns of development in the world in recent decades
  • Is able to explain how to measure poverty and inequality as well as how these phenomena influence and are influenced by economic growth
  • Can provide an overview of major structural characteristics of poor economies
  • Knows the big picture in terms of financial flows to and from developing countries
  • Understands important drivers behind international economic migration


The candidate

  • Has the ability to formulate precise and relevant problems within development economics
  • Is able to investigate, analyze, and present topical issues within the field
  • Master analytical methods in the form of relevant economic models
  • Can acquire and develop further knowledge and skills within the field

Recommended Previous Knowledge

A good knowledge of economics is recommended.

Teaching and learning methods


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

One compulsory assignment. Graded approved or not approved.

The grade for the course is based on the written examination provided that the students have passed the assignment. Approved compulsory requirements do not have time limits.

Forms of Assessment

4 hours written exam

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

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    13.06.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline