Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 24.02.2020 - 08.04.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Ritva Reinikka

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ritva Reinikka

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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 hands-on micro data analysis.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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 15 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)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Lectures
    • Presentation, essay/term paper and independent study
    • Exam


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth