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.





1. Underdeveopment in historical perspective
2. The theoretical analysis of underdevelopment
3. Transition to capitalism
4. Modernization of agriculture
5. Capital accumulation and industrialization
6. The role of internazional trade
7. Population demographics and development
8. Technical progress and economic development
9. Eocnomic gorwth, inequality and poverty
10. The Millenium Development Goals

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

Study modes

The course is organized in 24 lectures of two hours each

Frequency modes

In person.

Exam modes

The assessment of the students' preparation will be done based on a written exam. The exam will last 75 minutes and will consist in both open questions and exercises.

There will not be mid-term exams.

Exam reservation date start Exam reservation date end Exam date
01/12/2023 01/01/2024 11/01/2024
12/01/2024 06/02/2024 12/02/2024
26/03/2024 26/04/2024 10/05/2024
13/05/2024 13/06/2024 27/06/2024
18/09/2023 02/07/2024 16/07/2024
18/09/2023 06/09/2024 20/09/2024
18/09/2023 01/10/2024 14/10/2024
18/09/2023 25/12/2024 09/01/2025
18/09/2023 09/01/2025 23/01/2025
Course sheet
  • Academic year: 2023/2024
  • Curriculum: Economia e cooperazione internazionale
  • Year: Third year
  • Semester: First semester
  • SSD: SECS-P/01
  • CFU: 6
  • Attività formative caratterizzanti
  • Ambito disciplinare: Economico
  • Lecture (Hours): 48
  • CFU: 6
  • SSD: SECS-P/01