Economic Development

Second year module

Lecturer: Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay (Part A) Michael Henry (part B)

This linked module provides a broad but in-depth treatment of contemporary issues in development economics and is concerned with general theoretical and empirical themes and their policy implications for developing countries.

Part A - Topics to be covered include: theories of economic growth and development and domestic issues in developing countries including income inequality, population growth, labour market issues, the role of education and political economy.

Part B - Topic to be covered in Economics Development B concentrate on macroeconomic issues with an international dimension and include: international trade theory and policy for developing countries; structural adjustment and policy; international aspects of development; macroeconomic stabilisation in the open economy; resources for development.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of these linked modules the student should be able to:

  • explain and evaluate core economic theories and concepts of development;
  • identify relevant constraints on development;
  • state the relevance of theories for the formulation of policies in the context of constraints in developing countries;
  • understanding country studies of developing economies.


  • 3 hr written examination 60%
  • 2 x 1500 word essays 20% each