Aarhus, Denmark

Development Economics: Introduction & Applications

when 4 July 2022 - 22 July 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 691

Development Economics reached the global public spotlight in 2019, when Michael Kremer, Abhijit Banerjee, and Esther Duflo received the Nobel Prize in Economics for the methods they applied to study and “alleviat[e] global poverty”. As a specialised field of Economics, the research questions, methods, and policy proposals from Development Economics have been significantly broadened since its formal beginnings after World War II. This couse will introduce the core concepts, issues, and methods of modern Development Economics. The course starts with a definition of the subject-matter and of the concept of socioeconomic “development”, providing a brief history of Development Economics and giving a panorama on the old, new, and recurrent questions of this sub-discipline. Following this thread, the course focuses on long-run economic development, broadening and deepening questions once posed by growth models. It will then deal with the microeconomics of human development, particularly with themes related to poverty reduction. The final meetings will provide an overview on the problem of causality in the social sciences; why this issue is so important for policy interventions; and what are some of the most pressing current critics against such methods. Upon successful completion, students will be able to pursue advanced courses in Development Economics and will be hopefully motivated to deepen their knowledge in developmental issues.

Course leader

Bruno Witzel de Souza

Target group

Bachelor's level

Fee info

EUR 691: EU/EEA citizens
EUR 1459: NON-EU/EEA citizens


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