Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2018/2019
Belonging course: 
Course of Master's Degree Programme on ECONOMIC, FINANCIAL AND INTERNATIONAL SCIENCES
Disciplinary sector: 
ECONOMIC POLICY (SECS-P/02)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
9
Year of study: 
1
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
Second semester
Hours of front activity: 
72

Language

Italian

Course description

The course is focused on the effects and the determinants of the process of economic development. Firstly, the lectures examine the main economic effects (economic growth, poverty and inequality dynamics) as well as the social and institutional consequences of the process of economic development (democratization, conflicts, colonialism). Then, the course evaluates the long-run determinants of the contemporary divergence in income per-capita across and within countries (fertility, physical and human capital accumulation). Finally, the course offers insights on the economic policies promoted in the underdeveloped world through the international cooperation channel by means of international aid.

Expected learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding: The course aims at developing students’ ability and competence in the understanding of issues related to the process of economic development. By the end of the course, students will be able to manage the theoretical and empirical instruments to interpret and analyze the causes of the economic development.
and to evaluate the socio-economic policies that international institutions promote in the underdeveloped world.

Applying knowledge and understanding: the student should be able to apply the acquired knowledge to evaluate the socio-economic policies that international institutions promote in the underdeveloped world.

Making judgments: the student should be able to use autonomously the acquired knowledge solving specific issues such as the evaluation of policies implemented by the major national and international institutions and organizations.

Communication: the student is expected to give clear and in-depth answers to the questions of the written exam and, eventually, to the ones of the oral exam.

Lifelong learning skills: the student should be able to show a good learning ability, by widening, for example, his/her knowledge with use of relevant bibliographic references. The student will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in previous courses integrating them with the additional professional skills that characterize the course.

Prerequisites

General knowledge and reasoning ability. Some basic knowledge of macroeconomics, microeconomics and statistics, if previously acquired by the student, can facilitate the learning process.

Syllabus

DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS AND INTERNATIONAL AID
9 ECTS (72 HOURS)
Prof. Vincenzo Lombardo

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
The course is focused on the effects and the determinants of the process of economic development. Firstly, the lectures examine the main economic effects (economic growth, poverty and inequality dynamics) as well as the social and institutional consequences of the process of economic development (democratization, conflicts, colonialism). Then, the course evaluates the long-run determinants of the contemporary divergence in income per-capita across and within countries (fertility, physical and human capital accumulation). Finally, the course offers insights on the economic policies promoted in the underdeveloped world through the international cooperation channel by means of international aid.
PREREQUISITES
General knowledge and reasoning ability. Some basic knowledge of macroeconomics, microeconomics and statistics, if previously acquired by the student, can facilitate the learning process.
PROGRAM
I MODULE:
The Facts To Be Explained – A Framework For Analysis – Physical Capital – Population And Economic Growth – Future Population Trends – Human Capital
II MODULE:
Measuring Productivity –The Role Of Technology In Growth – The Cutting Edge Of Technology – Efficiency - Growth In The Open Economy
III MODULE:
Government – Income Inequality – Culture – Geography, Climate, And Natural Resources – Resources And The Environment At The Global Level - What We Have Learned And Where We Are Headed – International cooperation: effects and roots of the international aid.
TESTO DI RIFERIMENTO
Weil David N., ECONOMIC GROWTH, Pearson ed., Third Edition, 2013.
Suggested journal articles
COURSE ORGANIZATION
The course includes frontal lessons during which the themes of the program are discussed and problem sets to let the students to exercise with the main themes of the program; further, students will present scientific papers.
LEARNING ASSESSMENT
The assessment is based on a written examination composed of thematic questions aimed at evaluating the actual achievement of the objectives on part the students. In order to evaluate the depth in understanding general theoretical knowledge, the class work includes open questions on the program’s topics. In their answers the students should be able to show and illustrate the fundamental concepts acquired during their studies. An oral examination can also be held, in case the teacher judges it useful to better ascertain the student’s knowledge. The vote of the oral examination is expressed in scale from 0 to 30, and it is averaged with the vote of written examination (equal weighting) in order to determine the final vote.

I MODULE:
The Facts To Be Explained – A Framework For Analysis – Physical Capital – Population And Economic Growth – Future Population Trends – Human Capital

II MODULE:
Measuring Productivity –The Role Of Technology In Growth – The Cutting Edge Of Technology – Efficiency - Growth In The Open Economy

III MODULE:
Government – Income Inequality – Culture – Geography, Climate, And Natural Resources – Resources And The Environment At The Global Level - What We Have Learned And Where We Are Headed – International cooperation: effects and roots of the international aid.

Teaching Methods

The course includes frontal lessons during which the themes of the program are discussed and problem sets to let the students to exercise with the main themes of the program; further, students will present scientific papers.

Textbooks

Weil David N., ECONOMIC GROWTH, Pearson ed., Third Edition, 2013.

Suggested journal articles

Learning assessment

The assessment is based on a written examination composed of thematic questions aimed at evaluating the actual achievement of the objectives on part the students. In order to evaluate the depth in understanding general theoretical knowledge, the class work includes open questions on the program’s topics. In their answers the students should be able to show and illustrate the fundamental concepts acquired during their studies. An oral examination can also be held, in case the teacher judges it useful to better ascertain the student’s knowledge. The vote of the oral examination is expressed in scale from 0 to 30, and it is averaged with the vote of written examination (equal weighting) in order to determine the final vote. Overall, the assessment evaluates, with equal weighting, all the expected learning outcomes of the student.

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