Syllabus for Economics B: Economics of Development

Nationalekonomi B: Utvecklingsekonomi

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2NE675
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Economics G1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2011-09-29
  • Established by: The Board of the Department of Economics
  • Revised: 2015-05-25
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2015
  • Entry requirements:

    Economics, Basic Course

  • Responsible department: Department of Economics

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • describe the basic characteristics of a developing economy
  • explain the differences between economic growth and development and discuss different measures of development
  • verbally and graphically explain growth theories and describe their shortcomings for developing countries
  • identify the basic economic problems in developing countries
  • survey and examine how economic policies can solve different development problems


The course begins with a short survey of the characteristics of developing economies and presents different measures that are used to measure development. Different growth theories are analysed followed by a discussion of the role of the state in the development process, in theory and in a historical perspective. The rest of the course deal with special questions such as: What is meant by poverty and how is it measured? What is the link among economic growth, poverty and the income distribution? Is population growth a serious problem? How have the education and health trends looked like developing countries in the last few decades and what are the future prospects? Are developing countries becoming industrialised at the expense of agriculture? What is meant by foreign aid and globalisation, how are the developing countries affected? Is economic growth environmentally sustainable?

The discussions also cover various economic policies that have been beneficial or detrimental for development. Agricultural policy, industrial policy and trade policy are a few such examples. During the course, several examples are used from developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America in order to better illustrate different aspects of the issue of development.


The instruction is in English. It consists of lectures as well as seminars.


The grades on the course are pass with distinction (VG), pass (G) and fail (G). The assessment consists of two parts: a written exam corresponding to 3 credits, and a written assignment corresponding to 4.5 credits. The grades for the exam are pass (G) and fail (U). The grades for the assignment are pass with distinction (VG) pass (G) and fail (U).

Each part is reported separately in UPPDOK. A total grade for the entire course amounting to 7.5 credits is awarded when all parts have been completed. The grade pass (G) requires a pass on all parts. The grade pass with distinction requires a pass with distinction (VG) on the assignment and pass (G) on exam.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2015

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Economics of development Perkins, Dwight H.; Radelet, Steven; Lindauer, David L.; Block, Steven A.

    7. ed.: New York, N.Y.: Norton, cop. 2013

    Find in the library