Political Economy of Development

Course Code :2200FSWEID
Study domain:Development Aid
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Credit and exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Marijke Verpoorten
Joachim De Weerdt

3. Course contents *

This course analyses why some countries are rich, while others have remained poor, with a strong focus on the intersection of and interplay between politics and economics. The course starts with a broad historical overview of development. It then covers the deeper geographical and historical roots of differences in development pathways across nations. We pay particular attention to the role played by institutions and the role of aid.

The course will cover a number of important development thinkers and contrast their views. Throughout, we focus on how the various views or theories have been empirically investigated in the literature.