Master of International Affairs   Master of Public Policy  

Development economics: Theories, policies, practices

Development economics is truly a meta-field of economics, covering issues and methods relevant, or merely useful, to low- and middle-income countries' economic features and challenges, including growth, inequality and poverty, trade, innovation, human development and sustainability. With this very broad characterisation, the course offers an advanced exposure to development-economic models and issues, with a special attention to those that are an essential part of the development-practitioner's toolbox and underpin policy interventions. Development economics is also a practice, with its record of successes and failures; the course will blend in the actual experience of practitioners, introduce the literature on assessing aid, discuss some spectacular cases of success and failure and ask students to hone diagnostic and policy-advisory skills on their chosen country cases.