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Courses on Development Economics

For master's-level students in Helsinki, UNU-WIDER and HECER offer a joint course in development economics. For more information contact UNU-WIDER course assistant, Caroline Schimanski regarding Development Economics I, and Kaisa Alavuotunki regarding Development Economics II.

Development Economics I

The course will cover modern theories of economic growth, their relevance for low-income countries, and dual-economy models. A major part of the course will deal with various aspects of poverty and inequality, including measurement issues, recent trends, and the impacts of inequality on growth. The course will end with a discussion of market mechanisms in the rural sector, with a special emphasis on labour arrangements and finance, including recent work on microfinance.

For more information about Development Economics I, visit the course website.

Development Economics II

The course is a continuation of 'Development Economics I: Fundamentals' and focuses on empirical analysis in development economics. This course will study household and individual behaviour under different types of market failures with instruction on how to evaluate the impact of development policy interventions. The overall goal of this course is to help develop ability to read and critique research in development economics. The course will cover development topics related to agriculture development, microfinance, nutrition and health, conflict and ethnicity, climate change and environment.

For more information about Development Economics II, visit the course website.

Joint HECER- UNU-WIDER master thesis supervision

Students who have completed Development Economics I and II, or are planning to do so, can apply for supervision from UNU-WIDER academic staff. Upon finishing the supervised master’s thesis, the student is eligible for a certificate from HECER and UNU-WIDER.


For more information on the HECER Master’s Degree in Economics, see here.  

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