Cursos / 1º Ciclo / Faculty of Economy and Business Management :: Economics
ECONOMIA DO DESENVOLVIMENTO - 2018/2019
3º curricular year
Semestralidade: 2nd semester
Leading Teacher: Prof. Doutor Vasco Leite
Assistant Professor: Prof. Doutor Vasco Leite
Class type and School hours
Orientação Tutorial : 1 Horas
Teórico-prática : 2 Horas
Understand the concept of economic development.
Study the evolution of theories, ideas and concepts, as well as the different stages of development across countries and time.
Understand economic development as a continuum process and the ultimate goal of economic politics.
Compare the different development stages across countries and grasp the vulnerability and dependence of developing countries towards developed countries.
Highlight the importance and role of public aid and cooperation by development organizations.
Analyze the structural and stabilization programs applied to developing countries
Study the globalization phenomenon and the importance of public and private investment for sustainable development.
Skills to be acquired
In the end of the semester, students should have acquired a general and specific understanding of economic development and posses an analytical and critical sensibility in this domain, thus understanding why several countries are still behind in many of the new Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. They should also understand pubic aid as an important part of countries´ external policy.
Close articulation between concepts and theory with economic reality (always trying to find examples in the Portuguese context if possible), so as to familiarize students with development economics as a means to understand the need of sustainable development for all countries and development countries in particular, namely those speaking Portuguese.
Chapter 1 – Principles and concepts of Economic Development
1.1. A global perspective
1.2. Comparative Economic Development
1.3. Classic Theories of Economic Growth and Development
1.4. Contemporary Models of Development and Underdevelopment
Themes briefly covered in chapter 1 that may be further developed depending on the available time and shown interest or inspire the group works:
Chapter 2 – Problems and Policies: Domestic
2.1. Poverty, Inequality, and Development
2.2. Population Growth and Economic Development
2.4. Urbanization and Rural-Urban Migration
2.5. Human Capital: Education and Health in Economic Development
2.6. Agricultural Transformation and Rural Development
2.7. The Environment and Development
2.8. Development Policymaking and the Roles of Market, State, and Civil Society
Chapter 3 – Problems and Policies: International and Macro
3.1. International Trade Theory and Development Strategy
3.2. Balance of Payments, Developing-Country Debt, and the Macroeconomic Stabilization Controversy
3.3. Foreign Finance, Investment, and Aid: Controversies and Opportunities
3.4. Finance and Fiscal Policy for Development
A group work.
Participation in classes.
Powerpoints (Moodle), selected bibliography, internet.
|Author||Todaro, Michael P.; Smith, Stephen C.|
|Title||Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity|
|Title||World Development Report 2017: Governance and Law|
|Editor||The World Bank|
|Title||Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustai|
|Place||Nova Iorque, EUA|
|Author||PALMA, Elisabete Cortes|
|Title||Cultura, Desenvolvimento e Política Externa – Ajud|