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MSc Economics / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Poverty, Inequality and Government Policy in Less Developed Countries

Course unit fact file
Unit code ECON60212
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Economics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

The aim of this course is to explore rigorously the meaning and measurement of poverty and inequality and the multi-dimensional indices of well-being. The focus would be on understanding how the different indices of poverty and inequality are constructed and their implication on policy. We will also investigate the broad impact of distribution on development.

Pre/co-requisites

There are no formal pre-requisites for this course:  However, students are advised that a good background in economics is assumed. 

Aims

The aim of this course is to explore rigorously the meaning and measurement of poverty and inequality and the multi-dimensional indices of well-being. The focus would be on understanding how the different indices of poverty and inequality are constructed and their implication on policy. We will also investigate the broad impact of distribution on development.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course students should be able to:

  1. construct and calibrate the different measures of poverty and inequality;
  2. have a deep understanding of how distribution impacts development ; and

have a broad appreciation of the policies related to poverty and inequality

Syllabus

Topic 1: The Meaning and Measurement of Inequality (3 Lectures)

Topic 2: Distribution and Development (1 Lecture)

Topic 3: The Meaning and Measurement of Poverty (2 Lectures)

Topic 4: Poverty Policies (3 Lectures)

Topic 5: Multidimensional Approaches to Wellbeing and Deprivation ( 1 Lecture).

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and Tutorials

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 85%
Written assignment (inc essay) 15%

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Tutorials 5
Independent study hours
Independent study 125

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Indranil Dutta Unit coordinator

Additional notes


             

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