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BSc Economics / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Topics in Inequality & Poverty
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||School of Social Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course is a 20 credit optional unit at the third year level covering various topics on inequality and poverty and their impact on the economy. By design this course is meant to give a ‘grand tour’ of the different perspectives through which the interlinkages between income distribution and the economy can be viewed.
The course starts from the basics of how to measure and interpret the levels of inequality and poverty in the economy and covers both analytically and empirically various facets of how inequality and poverty impact the economy and are in turn impacted by it. The course ends with critically examining the mainstream approaches to evaluating welfare and deprivation and discusses possible alternative ideas.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Introductory Statistics for Economists||SOST10062||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Principles of Microeconomic Theory 1: Consumers, Welfare, Production and Costs||ECON10171||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Macroeconomic Analysis 1||ECON10181||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
(ECON10171 OR ECON10221 OR ECON10331) AND (ECON10181 OR ECON10241 OR ECON10252) and (SOST10062 or ECON10072)
The unit aims to provide:
(i) a broad understanding of the theories underlying the dynamics of inequality and poverty;
(ii) a systematic exposition of the different measures of poverty and inequality; and
(ii) critically examine the existing evidence on inequality and poverty, and the role of government policy in it.
Student should be able to
(a) develop a critical understanding of the dynamics of poverty and inequality
(b) use different indices of poverty and inequality and recognise the implications of the measures, and
(c) follow and comprehend the broad debates on poverty and inequality.
Teaching and learning methods
Online Learning and Guided Self-Study
Mid-Term Test (through the Blackboard page) 10%
Final Exam 90%
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: MCQ's ((through the Blackboard page)
Bourguignon, F. (2015) Globalisation of Inequality, Princeton University Press.
Deaton, A. (2013) The Great Escape: Health Wealth and the Origins of Inequality, Princeton University Press
|Independent study hours|
|Indranil Dutta||Unit coordinator|
For every 10 course unit credits we expect students to work for around 100 hours. This time generally includes any contact times (online or face to face, recorded and live), but also independent study, work for coursework, and group work. This amount is only a guidance and individual study time will vary