Course Outline: ECONOMICS  211 – ECONOMIC Development


Syllabus  (PDF)     Additional Articles     Country Report    

 Grading Scale          Websites           Country Report Topic Suggestions          Presentation Schedule




Week 1


22, 24

Economic Development:

 A Global Perspective 

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapter 1   

Chapter 1 Lecture - Introducing Economic Development: A Global Perspective     (PPT)

Additional Readings: Christopher B. Barrett, Development Economics: An Overview     The Economist: Economic Development

Goal of the Month     Make the SDGS a Reality     UN Millennium Development Goals


Videos: Poverty in Asia   Poverty in Africa    Poverty in the Middle East


Assignment 1 (Due August ) - Choose a developing country in which you are particularly interested. Prepare a 750 word (or 7-10 PPT slides) report of what you perceive to be the life-style of a typical family in this country. While you will need to rely on statistics, the presentation of the report should be done in a narrative format with specific examples. Don’t be afraid to talk to international students or people with international experience! Those who prepare slides may volunteer to present to class.

Week 2


29, 31

Comparative Economic Development

Looking at Some of the Data

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapter 2 

Chapter 2 Lecture - Comparative Economic Development     (PPT)

Additional Readings: The (un) Happy Planet Index 2.0 Rankings

Websites:  Happy Planet Index     World Development Indicators     Statistical Data from UNDP    

Week 3


5, 7

Classic Theories of Economic Growth and Development

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapter 3

Chapter 3 Lecture  – Classic Theories of Economic Growth and Development     (PPT)

Additional Reading: Lin, J.Y., New Structural Economics A Framework for Rethinking Development

Week 4


12, 14

Contemporary Models of  Development and Underdevelopment


Lifestyle Page

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapter 4

Chapter 4 Lecture - Contemporary Models of Development and Underdevelopment    (PPT)

Additional Reading: The Big Push 


Excellent Site: Growth Diagnostic Studies


Assignment 2 (Due February 23) - Read the following speech by Robert B. Zoellick, Democratizing Development Economics, and write a 750 word reaction paper to his comments. A reaction paper is just what its name suggests—a paper explaining how  feel about what you are reading and do you agree with disagree with the writer (speaker in this case). Make sure to mention what you believe should be emphasized in the study of development economics.

Week 5


19, 21

Poverty, Inequality,

and Development

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapter 5

Chapter 5 Lecture -Poverty, Inequality, and Development    (PPT)

Additional ReadingWorld Bank – Inequality in Focus     Poverty Overview

Websites: 2013 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics    
Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)


Videos: India     Brazil     China     Talk by Joseph Stiglitz     Top Ten

Study Guide Exam 1    (RTF)

Week 6


26, 28

Population Growth and Economic Development: Causes, Consequences, and Controversies

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapter 6

Chapter 6 Lecture  - Population Growth and Economic Development: Causes, Consequences, and Controversies     (PPT)

See following websites for data: Geo-Hive (Good Data on Population)     IndexMundi     Population Reference Bureau     UN Demographic and Social Statistics     United Nations Population Fund

Week 7


3, 5

Exam 1 – October 3

Week 8, Sunday Oct 10, 2020 – Thursday, Oct 14, 2021

Fall break, no classes

Week 9


17, 19

Urbanization and Rural-Urban Migration: Theory and Policy



Human Capital: Education and Health in Economic Development

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapters 7 and 8

Chapter 7 Lecture - Urbanization and Rural-Urban Migration: Theory and Policy    (PPT


Chapter 8 Lecture - Human Capital: Education and Health in Economic Development     (PPT)


Interactive Map: Urban Growth    

Lagos, Hanoi  Water Crisis India, Aids in Africa, Health Care

Additional Readings: 
UNAIDS     2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development     Malaria Vaccine Initiative


Websites: International Organization for Migration, UNESCO - Education for All,   World Health Organization   

Assignment 3 (Due March 25) - Choose a developing country other than that which is the focus of your Country Report. Submit a 750 word report examining a health or education issue that is particularly relevant to that country. Reference at least 7 sources (internet sites are fine).

Last day to discuss country report topic is March 16

Week 10


24, 26

Education and Health in Economic Development Cont’d


The Environment and Development

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapter 10

Chapter 10 Lecture -  The Environment and Development     (PPT)


Videos: China’s Dirty Little Secrets     Toilets Around the World

Websites: United Nations Division for Sustainable Development     International Institute for Environment and Development

Week 11

October 31 November 2

Development Policymaking and the Roles of Market, State, and Civil Society
 Economics of Corruption

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapter 11

Chapter 11 Lecture: Development Policymaking and the Roles of Market, State, and Civil Society + Economics of Corruption     (PPT)

Websites: Transparency International (Be sure to click on link to Corruptions Perceptions Index     Index of Economic Freedom          Corruption and Development (Optional)     

Video: Hands     How Corruption Starts,     Corruption in Pakistan


Final Date to Submit Country Report Title and Group is March 25

Week 12


7, 9

International Trade

and Strategy

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapter 12

Chapter 12 Lecture - International Trade Theory and Development Strategy     (

Websites: Guide to Trading Blocs     WTO Trade Data

Week 13


14, 16

Foreign Finance, Investment and Aid: Controversies and Opportunities

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapter 14  

Chapter 14 Lecture: Foreign Finance, Investment, and Aid: Controversies and Opportunities   

Websites: International Monetary Fund     United States Agency for International Development     World Bank     WB Brochure     World Trade Organization     Global Issues



Week 14


21, 23


The Poem    Video: Famine in Nigeria     New World Order – Indonesia



Week 15


28, 30



Week 16

Final Exams

Final Exams