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Department of Economics

Comparative Growth in Asia and Africa

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Year 1
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Full Year

Comparative Growth offers an introduction to the process of economic growth and structural change in the major economies of Asia and Africa over the period since 1950. We look primarily at the sources of growth, both proximate sources (eg investment; education; technical progress) and growth fundamentals (eg the role of trade; cultural factors; government action). Most of the course is comparative but towards the end we look at the experience of six countries: China, India, South Korea, Mauritius, Botswana and Tanzania.

This is a compulsory course for all students taking a single-subject economics degree.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Evaluate and compare the history development in Asia and Africa, placing them in context with the growth of the world economy since 1945
2. Demonstrate their knowledge of the general theoretical topics such as demography, trade and technology
3. Differentiate the contribution of international organisations such as the IMF, WB and WTO to specific countries.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: Exam 70% / Coursework 10%. Resubmission of coursework regulations do not apply to this course. One assessed presentation 10%.

Suggested reading

Background Reading
1. Easterly, W. (2001). The Elusive Quest for Growth, Cambridge MA: MIT Press.
2. Cypher, J. M. and Dietz, J. L. (2009). The Process of Economic Development, London: Routledge.
3. Szirmai, A. (2005). The Dynamics of Socio-Economic Development, Cambridge: Cambridge      University Press.
4. Chang, H. J. (2002). Kicking Away the Ladder. London: Anthem Press.