Development Economics


Development Economics (Lorz, V2/Ü2, SS – ab SS 15, economics competency, social competency, in English)

This course focuses on the specific economic and social problems of developing countries. First, the question will be addressed as to why countries develop differently at all, and which economic and institutional factors might be responsible for the relatively low level of economic development in some regions. On this basis, selected topics, such as poverty, income inequality, population growth, environmental pollution, or indebtedness, are covered, and approaches aiming at development cooperation are discussed.


(1) Assessing Economic Development: Concepts and Measurement
(2) Theories of Economic Growth and Development
(3) Political Institutions and Development
(4) Poverty and Inequality
(5) Population Growth
(6) Environmental Quality
(7) Further Issues
(8) Development Policy


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
o Describe main concepts of economic development
o Apply theories of economic growth, international trade and institutional economics to explain the unequal development of countries in the world economy
o Discuss political and economic issues related to developing countries
o Critically reflect on strategies of development policy




Examination (100%, graded, 60min.)