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) be able to apply economics principles and research findings to (select) public policy issues facing developing countries today; and (iii) sharpen their academic writing skills in economics.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 27.02.2023 - 19.04.2023

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, although the latter is not a requirement for attending this course. The course 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 behaviour under different types of market and government failures. We will cover several active research fields in development economics, including institutions and corruption, education, health, and international trade. The course will also delve into some current debates regarding empirical methods and 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 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 for whole curriculum period:

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


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring IV
    2023-2024 Spring IV