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30 Years of economics for development

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 please contact UNU-WIDER course assistant, Caroline Schimanski 

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

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:

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