Development Economics and Policy

Course description

This course will help future policymakers and those evaluating their impact to have greater understanding and awareness of political dynamics (including those within bureaucracies), a greater ability to communicate ideas to a variety of publics, and develop an understanding of the mechanics of coalitions needed to get ideas implemented. The course will use case studies and readings that illustrate political aspects of contemporary reforms and initiatives in developing countries around the world.

Course outcomes

Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Make economic development policies
• Evaluate economic development policies
• Understanding of the political dynamics in the process of economic development
• Communicate and make their development ideas implemented

Course contents

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🔽 2 h 01 min | Development Economics: Concerns, Evolution and Influences
  • The subject matter of development economics
  • Goals of development and its relation with growth
  • View that takes development as synonymous with growth
  • View that makes a distinction between growth and development
🔽 1 h 15 min | Evolution of and Influences on Development Economics
  • Swaying in the focus of development economics
  • Development economics during and after its formative years
  • Arguments on the relationship between development economics and economics pure and simple
  • Adoption of a synthetic view in development economics
  • Developed world interest to shape development economics
🔽 2 h 47 min | Theories of Development in Focus
  • Development as growth and the linear-stages theories
  • Theory of dependency
  • Structuralism
  • Marxism and development
  • Institutional development economics
  • Neoclassical development economics
  • Contemporary development and underdevelopment models
🔽 3 h 09 min | Development Issues, Policies and Indices
  • Absolute poverty and its various measurements
  • Income inequality and its various measures
  • Relationship between population growth and development
  • Rural–urban migration
  • Forces working towards or against urbanization
  • Efficient urban scales
  • Agricultural transformation and development
🔽 2 h 00 min | Development Planning and Development Policies
  • Development policy frameworks
  • Policy options and policy analysis
  • Development planning models
🔽 2 h 40 min | Overview of Development Policy Impact Evaluation
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Impact evaluation
  • Various designs of impact evaluation


This course includes:

    13 h 52 min recorded video

    Downloadable resources (books and articles)

    One year access

    Access on mobile and TV

    Advanced Level

    Certificate of completion


1 year of access
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