Development Studies in Economics

What you will learn

Students will gain a thorough understanding of economic development, including its different components such as economic growth and socio economics issues.

Students will be able to recognize and analyze the major issues that developing countries face, such as poverty, economic inequality, unemployment.

Students would understand how to analyze and comprehend major economic indicators used to assess economic progress such as GDP, the Human Development Index etc

Students will also learn about the major issues and challenges faced the developing countries.

Students should get acquainted with numerous theories and models related to economic development.


Development Economics is a field of study that explores the economic processes and challenges faced by developing countries and regions. This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the theories, policies, and practices related to economic development. It examines the factors that contribute to or hinder economic growth and social progress in less-developed areas. The course begins by introducing the concept of development and the multidimensional nature of the development process. Students will explore various economic growth and development theories, including classical, neoclassical, and structuralist approaches. The course delves into the historical evolution of development economics and the role of colonialism and globalization in shaping the economic landscape of developing countries. Poverty and income inequality are central issues in development economics. Students will critically examine the causes and consequences of poverty and the effectiveness of different poverty alleviation strategies. The role of social safety nets, microfinance, and other interventions will be explored to understand how they impact the lives of the poor. The course also explores the importance of institutions and governance in promoting economic development. Students will analyze how the quality of governance, corruption, and political stability influence economic outcomes in developing economies. International trade and finance play a significant role in the economic development of countries. Students will investigate the impact of trade policies, foreign aid, foreign direct investment, and debt on economic growth and development. They will assess the benefits and challenges of engaging in global markets and the potential risks associated with economic openness. Sustainable development is a critical aspect of the course. Students will examine the interplay between economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social equity. They will explore strategies to achieve sustainable development, taking into account the need to balance economic prosperity with environmental conservation. Throughout the course, students will engage with case studies and real-world examples to apply economic tools and models to analyze development issues. They will gain practical skills in evaluating development policies and proposing evidence-based solutions to address specific challenges faced by developing countries. By the end of the course, students will have a deeper understanding of the complexities of economic development, the role of policies and institutions, and the importance of sustainable and inclusive growth. They will be equipped with the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to contribute meaningfully to the field of development economics and make informed decisions in their careers or further academic pursuits.

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Instructor Introduction


Introduction to Development Economics

Evolution of Development Economics
Classifications of Countries
Measurements of Economic Development
Some Important Concepts of Development Economics
Features of Developing Countries

Classical Theories of Economic Development and Growth

Classical Theories of Economic Development

Contemporary Models of Development and Underdevelopment

Exogenous and Endogenous Growth Theories