Growth and Development

lecge1216  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Growth and Development
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
De la Croix David;
Main themes
Traits fundamental economic growth, covering a dual aspect: the transition to a world of growth (industrial revolution and demographic transition), and the income disparities between countries. In addition to the dimen-sion of per capita income, should be addressed demographic aspects, technological, distribution of income and gender egalities. The various models: Malthus (non-growth), neoclassical growth, endogenous growth. The factors of growth and development policy: the capital and development assistance, technology, human capital and education, birth control, and institutions (corruption, social fragmentation, democracy).

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Over the last twenty years, understanding of the mechanisms underlying the process of growth and development has developed considerably. This Growth and Development course aims to make students familiar with the principal mechanisms invoked in the literature, and related empirical data. By the end of the course, the student should be able to distinguish the contributions of the various models and discuss the factors underlying divergences in revenue between countries.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Other information
Course entry requirements: Political Economics course, passive knowledge of English, mathematics - high school level
  • Portefeuille de transparents
I. Morris, Why the West Rules – For Now, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010
Williamson, Macroeconomics, chapitre 7-8, Pearson, 2018
O. Galor, Unified Growth Theory, Princeton, 2015
W. Easterly, The Elusive Quest for Growth, Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics, MIT Press, 2002
A. Maddison, The World Economy, A millennial perspective, OECD, 2001
G. Clark, A Farewell to Alms, Princeton University Press, 2007
Teaching materials
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Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Minor in Economics

Minor in Sustainable Development

Minor in Economics (open)

Additionnal module in Geography

Additionnal module in Economics

Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Master [120] in Geography : General