Courses on Development Economics

For master's-level students in Helsinki, UNU-WIDER and the Helsinki Graduate School of Economics offer joint courses in development economics.
Development Economics I

The course will introduce students to the main concepts in development economics, such as modern growth theories and their relevance for low-income countries. The course also focuses on specific issues such as poverty and inequality (including measurement issues, recent trends and the impact of inequality on the economy) gender and development, social assistance, fiscal policy, labour markets, migration, and agriculture in developing countries.

For more information about Development Economics I, visit the course website or contact UNU-WIDER course assistant Risto Rönkkö.

Development Economics II

The course is a continuation of 'Development Economics I' and focuses on microeconomical empirical analysis in development economics. This course will study institutions as well as household and individual behaviour under different types of market failures with instruction on how to evaluate the impact of development policy interventions. The overall goal of this course is to help develop ability to read and critique research in development economics. The course will cover development topics related to institutions, education, capital and credit, and technology adoption in agriculture.

For more information about Development Economics II, visit the course website or contact Professor Ritva Reinikka of Aalto University by email (ritva.reinikka@aalto.fi).

Joint Helsinki GSE – UNU-WIDER Master’s Programme in development economics

Students who have completed Development Economics I and II, or are planning to do so, can apply for supervision from UNU-WIDER academic staff. Upon finishing the supervised master’s thesis, the student is eligible for a certificate from HECER and UNU-WIDER.

For more information on the Helsinki GSE Master’s Degree in Economics, see here.