DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS

Scienze Politiche e delle Relazioni Internazionali DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS

1212100067
DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL AND COMMUNICATION SCIENCES
EQF6
POLITICAL AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SCIENCE
2022/2023

YEAR OF COURSE 3
YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2019
SPRING SEMESTER
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
640LESSONS
Objectives
THE COURSE AIMS TO PRESENT THE CENTRAL THEORIES OF GROWTH INEQUALITY AND DEVELOPMENT AND TO PROVIDE A POLITICAL-ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT SUBJECTS RELATED TO DEVELOPMENT ISSUES. THE MULTIDIMENSIONAL NATURE OF THE CONCEPT OF DEVELOPMENT EMBRACES NOT ONLY ECONOMIC BUT ALSO SOCIAL, DEMOGRAPHIC AND INSTITUTIONAL THEMES. THE COURSE WILL THEN FOLLOW A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH ALLOWING STUDENTS TO ACQUIRE BASIC NOTIONS OF GROWTH, INEQUALITY AND DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS, USEFUL FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL PHENOMENA AT A GLOBAL LEVEL.
Prerequisites
THERE ARE NO FORMAL PREREQUISITES, BUT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT STUDENTS KNOW THE MAIN CONCEPTS OF MICROECONOMICS AND MACROECONOMICS THAT WILL IN ANY CASE BE RECALLED DURING THE FIRST PART OF THE COURSE.
Contents
1 GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
a) INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS, BACKGROUND OF MICROECONOMICS AND MACROECONOMICS. THE MEASUREMENT OF DEVELOPMENT, THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC INDICATORS. (NOTES BY THE TEACHER AND BOCCELLA, FELIZIANI, RINALDI CHAP. 2)
b) GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: ECONOMIC THEORIES FOR DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH. (BOCCELLA, FELIZIANI, RINALDI CHAP. 1)
c) GROWTH THEORIES: THE SOLOW MODEL, THE MALTHUS MODEL (WEIL CHAP. 2,3,4)

2 INEQUALITY AND POVERTY
a) THE MEASURE OF INEQUALITY AND THE CONCEPT OF POVERTY (BOCCELLA, FELIZIANI, RINALDI CHAP.5,6)
b) COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT, DEVELOPMENT POLICIES (BOCCELLA, FELIZIANI, RINALDI CHAP.7,8)
c) SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (BOCCELLA, FELIZIANI, RINALDI CHAP. 9)
d) ECONOMICS OF WELLNESS AND HAPPINESS (BOCCELLA, FELIZIANI, RINALDI CHAP. 10)
Verification of learning
THE FINAL EXAM INVOLVES A WRITTEN TEST (QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE MAIN TOPICS AND GROWTH MODELS TREATED DURING THE COURSE) AND A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE MAIN THEORIES ABOUT DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS.
Texts
NICOLA BOCCELLA, VALENTINA FELIZIANI, AZZURRA RINALDI, 2020. ECONOMIA E SVILUPPO DISEGUALE. FATTI, TEORIE, POLITICHE. PEARSON.
WEIL DAVID N., 2007. ECONOMIC GROWTH. PROBLEMS, DATA AND METHODS OF ANALYSIS. HOEPLI. MILANO.
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