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Development Economics

The purpose of this course is to provide students with analytical and empirical tools apt to build up an advanced and solid understanding of economic development processes. This objective will be pursued by connecting the theory to public policy issues at global level, international development cooperation and field level issues and key elements. The introduction of different approaches, and their firm connection within an interdisciplinary and critical perspective, is intended to lay the ground for the skills needed to contribute in the area of international development both at desk, field and analysis level.

Programma del corso


- Introducing Economic Development: A Global Perspective

- Comparative Economic Development

- Classic Theories of Economic Growth and Development

- Contemporary Models of Development and Underdevelopment

- Poverty, Inequality, and Development

- Population Growth and Economic Development: Causes, Consequences, and Controversies

- Human Capital: Education and Health in Economic Development

- Agricultural Transformation and Rural Development

- The Environment and Development

- Development Policymaking and the Roles of Market, State, and Civil Society

- Foreign Finance, Investment, Aid, and Conflict: Controversies and Opportunities

- Finance and Fiscal Policy for Development


- Assumptions, Values, Initial definitions, History
- Focus: Debt/Structural Adjustment/Poverty Reduction - Policies
- State, Market, Civil Society
- Agricultural and Rural Development
- International Development Cooperation
- Agenda 2030, coherence, complexity
- Migration and Development
- Conflict and Development

Docenti: Massimo Pallottino (docente titolare), Salvatore Monni (docente titolare)

Crediti: 9

Numero moduli: 2


• Michael P. Todaro, Stephen C. Smith, Economic Development. 12th Edition.  George Washington University: 2015, Pearson.Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15.
• Haslam Paul Alexander, Jessica Schafer and Pierre Beaudet, eds. Introduction to International Development: Approaches, Actors, and Issues. Second edition. Don Mills Ontario: Oxford University Press, 2012. Chapters 1, 3, 7,  9, 12, 14, 18, 22, 23.

• Sianes, A. (2017). Shedding Light On Policy Coherence for Development: A Conceptual Framework: Shedding light on Policy Coherence for Development. Journal of International Development, 29(1), 134–146.

• Patton Michael Quinn, Developmental evaluation: applying complexity concepts to enhance innovation and use. New York: Guilford Press, 2011. Chapter 4.

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