Course Outline: ECON 211 - 70 Economic Development

 

Syllabus  (PDF)     Additional Articles     Country Report    

 Grading Scale          Websites           Country Report Topic Suggestions          Presentation Schedule

DATES

 TOPICS

 READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS

Week 1

July

24, 26

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 


Websites: Global Goals for Sustainable Development
   Goal of the Month 

 

Videos: Poverty in Asia   Poverty in Africa   Poverty in Central America

 

Assignment 1 (Due August 14) - 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 lifestyle 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. Feel free to discuss why this poverty exists in the country. Those who prepare slides may volunteer to present to class. (NOTE: If you are from a developing country, please choose one different from yours).

Week 2

July 31

August 2

Comparative Economic Development

Looking at Some of the Data

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapter 2 

Chapter 2 Lecture - Comparative Economic Development   (PPT)

Additional Reading: Happy Planet Index
  Human Development Reports 2020: The Next Frontier - Human Development and the Anthropocene   


Websites: Human Development Reports   Human Development Insights   World Bank Data 

Week 3

August

7, 9

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: We need an economic model that works for people and the planet

Week 4

August

14, 16

Classic Theories of Economic Growth and Development Cont’d

 

Lifestyle Presentations

(Tuesday, August 16)

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapter 3

 

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

Assignment 2 (Due August 31) - 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. Do you think the recent Covid-19 pandemic will affect development economics?

Week 5

August

21, 23

Contemporary Models of Development and Underdevelopment

 

Poverty, Inequality,

and Development

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapters 4 and 5

 

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

 

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

 

Additional Reading: Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa 

 

Excellent Site: Country Diagnostics

Week 6

August

28, 30

Poverty, Inequality,

and Development Cont’d

 

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

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapters 5 and 6


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

 

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


Additional Reading: Poverty Overview
  World Bank Poverty Update   Where Will the World’s Next 1,000 Babies Be Born?

Websites: World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics   Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)   World Bank Multidimensional Poverty Measure   UNWomen

 

Videos: India   Brazil   China   One Hundred Homes

Week 7

September 

4, 6

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

Cont’d

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapter 6


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

 

Additional Reading: Demographics and Human Development

 

See Following Websites for Data: IndexMundi   Monthly Bulletin of Statistics   Population Reference Bureau   UN Demographic and Social Statistics   United Nations Population Fund

Take-Home Exam 1     (WORD) - (Exam Due September 25)

Week 8

September 13

Fall break no class on Sept. 11

 

Catching-up time

Week 9

September

18, 20

Urbanization and Rural-Urban Migration: Theory and Policy

 

 

Human Capital: Education and Health in Economic Development

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapters 6 and 7


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

 

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

 

Video: Lagos, Water Crisis India   Aids in Africa

 
Additional Readings: UNAIDS   Goal 5: Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls   Malaria's Impact Worldwide   Malaria Vaccine Initiative

 

Websites: International Organization for Migration   World Health Organization   


Assignment 3 (Due O
ctober 4) - Choose a developing country other than that which is the focus of your Country Report. Submit a 500-word report examining a health or education issue that is particularly relevant to that country. Reference at least 3 sources (internet sites are fine).

 

Please arrange an appointment to meet and discuss Country Report Topic

Week 10

September

25, 27

Education and Health in Economic Development Cont’d

 

The Environment and Development

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapters 8 and 10

 

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

 

Chapter 10 Lecture - The Environment and Development   (PPT)

Additional Reading: Environmental Kuznets Curve   The Water Crisis Creates A Gender Rights Problem. Here’s Who’s Solving It

 

Videos: Pollution in India and China     Toilets Around the World (scroll to bottom of page)


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

 

Final Date to Submit Country Report Title is September 29

Week 11

October

2, 4

The Environment and Development Con’t

 

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

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapters 10 and 11


Chapter 10 Lecture - The Environment and Development   (PPT)

 

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

Week 12

 

October

9, 11

Foreign Finance, Investment and Aid: Controversies and Opportunities

Text Reading: Todaro, Chapter 14

 

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

Additional Readings: How microfinance is helping poor households and businesses survive and thrive: 6 things to know

 

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

Week 13

October

16, 18

Presentations

 

 

 

Week 14

October

23, 25

Presentations

The Poem   

Week 15

October 30

NO Class

 

Week 16

Final Exam

Final Exam

Final Exam (WORD) Due 11:00 am on Sunday, November 6, 2022