The aim of the course is to introduce the students with a basic knowledge of economics to the analysis of development processes. The course intends to provides the students with the theoretical and analytical tools to explore the development and underdevelopment processes. A major aim is also the development of a historical and economic perspective to the analysis of development and underdevelopment.
Successful students will have a basic knowledge: i) on the basic theoretical tools for the analysis of development and under-development; ii) on the trajectories of change and growth of developing and emerging countries; iii) on the major issues related to economic development and social change.





Structural characteristics of developing countries
Economic development in the history of economic thought
Theories of growth and economic development
Capital accumulation and financing economic development
Population and economic development
International trade and economic development
Education, human capital, and development
Topics in economics of conflict
Impact evaluation in theory and practice

Adopted texts

Suggested textbooks:
1) Franco Volpi (2007). Lezioni di Economia dello Sviluppo (2nd edition). Franco Angeli, Milano,
2) Michael P. Todaro and Stephen C. Smith (2014). Economic Development (12nd edition). Pearson (Harrow, UK). Parts 1, 2 e 3


Basic knoweledge of micreconomics, macroeconomics, and statistics

Exam modes

The assessment of the students' preparation will be done based on a written exam. The exam will last 90 minutes and will consist in both open questions and exercises.

There will not be a mid-course exam.

Exam reservation date start Exam reservation date end Exam date
10/12/2020 15/01/2021 19/01/2021
10/12/2020 30/01/2021 02/02/2021
11/02/2021 23/04/2021 26/04/2021
10/05/2021 07/06/2021 11/06/2021
10/05/2020 07/07/2021 12/07/2021
10/07/2020 09/09/2021 16/09/2021
21/09/2021 15/10/2021 21/10/2021
Course sheet
  • Academic year: 2020/2021
  • Curriculum: Economia e cooperazione internazionale
  • Year: Third year
  • Semester: First semester
  • SSD: SECS-P/06
  • CFU: 6
  • Attività formative caratterizzanti
  • Ambito disciplinare: Economico
  • Lecture (Hours): 48
  • CFU: 6.00
  • SSD: SECS-P/06