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: 28.02.2022 - 13.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course builds on the course Development Economics I: Fundamentals (Autumn 2021), although the latter is not a requirement for attending this course. 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, and trade. 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.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 curren

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring IV

    2021-2022 Spring IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.