Credits: 6

Schedule: 24.02.2020 - 08.04.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Ritva Reinikka

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

IV, V Spring (2018-2019), Otaniemi campus

IV Spring (2019-2020), Otaniemi campus

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The learning outcomes of this course are to help students (i) become conversant
with a number of active research areas in development economics and
empirical approaches they use; (ii) apply research findings to key public policy
issues facing developing countries today; (iii) acquire some hand-on
skills in data analysis (useful, e.g., for thesis research); and (iv) hone their
academic writing skills.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course builds on the course “Development Economics I: Fundamentals”
(Autumn 2019). It focuses primarily on (i) empirical analysis in development
economics, and (ii) how such analysis/research can be applied to
real-life policy questions facing developing countries. We will study economic
behavior under different types of market and government failures. We
will cover a number of active research fields in development economics, including
institutions, corruption, education, health, agriculture, and credit.
Gender will be explored as a cross-cutting theme. The course will also delve
into some current debates regarding empirical methods/approaches in development
economics. Separate exercise sessions (4x2h) concentrate on handson
micro data analysis. Exercises will involve use of STATA software package;
basic skills in STATA will be useful.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

A final exam based on the lectures plus required readings (50% of the grade).
A group assignment (2-4 students) consisting of a presentation of about 20
min. during the last week of the course. We will focus these group assignments
on the current debates on empirical methods/approaches in development
economics (10% of the grade).
A term paper, which can be either an econometric exercise or an essay based
on literature (40% of the grade)

Spring 2020 exam will be replaced by an online exam.

Spring 2020 re-take exam will be replaced by independent project.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

• Lectures 24h
• Exercises 8h
• Presentation, essay/term paper and independent study 124h
• Exam 3h

Spring 2020 exam will be replaced by an online exam.

Spring 2020 re-take exam will be replaced by independent project.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Specific book chapters and journal articles will be announced to course participants
when the course is active (Reading List).

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Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Course and exam via WebOodi


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