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.
Preliminaries - 1.development economics, an overview; 2.what is Development? 3.history of thought; 4.the state of development. Poverty reduction - theory and empirical issues. Labour & migration. Social programs. Economic growth - 1.stylized facts; 2.the Solow Model; 3.applying the model; 4.public spending & economic growth. Conflict - 1.determinants of conflict; 2.conflict & development; 3.post-conflict.