Comparative Growth and Development

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FHEQ Level
Department of Economics

Module overview

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 fundamental (eg the role of trade;  cultural factors;  government action).  The majority of the course is comparative but towards the end we look at experience of four countries:  China, India, Nigeria, and Kenya

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

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Acquired an understanding of a range of basic economic and developmental principles;
  • A good grasp of some of the factors which determine the pace and nature of economic growth;
  • A knowledge and understanding of the record of a range of developing countries in the post-1950 period;
  • Acquired a more detailed understanding of the experience of a small number of Asian And African economies;
  • Developed your essay-writing skills, gained experience of giving a seminar presentation, and be able to present complex arguments under the time pressures associated with and unseen exam.

Method of assessment

  • Presentation: 10% (resubmission regulations do not apply)
  • Coursework: 20% (2500 words)
  • Unseen written exam: 70%

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. Chang, H.J. (2014). Economics:  The User's Guide, London:  Penguin.
4. Chang, H. J. (2002). Kicking Away the Ladder. London: Anthem Press.


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