ECONS533-21B (HAM)

Topics in Trade and Development

15 Points

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School of Accounting, Finance and Economics

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Paper Description

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This paper covers selected topics in trade and development. It introduces students to current research in the microeconomics of development and explore factors necessary for economic development. The course makes uses of techniques for modelling household behavior. The topics covered include 1) poverty policy and measurement; 2) role of agriculture for development ; 3) agricultural household model; 4) industrial development and clusters; 5) human capital strategies and 6) microfinance, savings and credit.

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Paper Structure

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This paper will be taught through readings, interactive lectures, empirical projects, student presentations and discussions.

Guest lecturers will be invited to share their expertise from their particular research areas from time to time.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • 1. Describe and critically evaluate selected aspects of trade
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  • 2. Critically assess the quality of data used to measure progress of developing countries
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  • 3. Critically assess popular policy interventions in developing countries
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  • 4. Get hands-on experience with the tools that practicing development economists use when analyzing poverty and development
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Assessment

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Ensure that you review due dates and submission methods carefully to ensure that all work is submitted accurately.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Short Essays on Four Topics
40
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Empirical Project
2 Aug 2021
12:00 AM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Presentation of critical appraisal
4 Oct 2021
12:00 PM
15
  • Presentation: In Class
4. Critical appraisal of data used in monitoring poverty and inequality
18 Oct 2021
5:00 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There is no required text for this paper. Required readings for each topic are provided in the Waikato Reading List for this paper (accessible through Moodle)

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Online Support

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Resources are available through Moodle.
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Workload

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For this paper, you should expect to spend around 150 hours in total during the semester
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: At least 40 points at 200 level or above in Economics

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: ECON530, ECON531, ECON533

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