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Economics: Development Economics: Start here

A guide for UWCSEA Economics students focusing on Development Economics

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UWCSEA-East Economics Curriculum Guide

At the end of this unit of work students should be able:

* To explain that economic development is multidimensional and its link with economic growth.

* To explain the key characteristics of LDC’s whilst appreciating their diversity.

* To identify, compare and contrast single and composite measures of development.

* To identify and explain how improvements in the quantity/quality of FOP and changes in institutional factors can foster development.

* To explain what the poverty cycle is and how to break it

* To outline the current status of international development goals, including the Millennium Goals.

* To examine domestic factors that foster development.To understand, explain and be able to evaluate the role of free trade, FDI, aid, and lack of foreign debt    in fostering economic development. (changes in terms of trade-HL) 

* To explain and evaluate market orientated and interventionist polices that can foster economic development.


Economics Terms Glossary

This link will take you to an on-line Glossary of Terms & Concepts from Economics for Everyone by Jim Stanford.

The on-line list of Economics A-Z terms of The Economist can be found here.

Google Scholar Searches

Boolean Searches

Use AND to find all your search terms
migrant AND labour AND remittances

Use OR to find any of your search terms
migration OR remittances

Search for exact phrases 
“development economics”

Use truncation (*) to find different word endings and plurals
econom* finds economist, economic, economics, economy, economical

Use the Wildcard (?) to find variations in spelling
labo?r finds labor and labour

Use brackets for complex search statements
“development economics” AND (migration OR remittances)


Google Scholar Search

How Resources are organised in this Subject Guide

1.  Introduction

This gives a brief overview of the topic and includes:  Introductions to the topic,  Announcements,  Curriculum guide, Search guide, HDI widget, Economics glossary.

2. Books and Physical Resources

Here links can be found to books held by the UWCSEA libraries as well as other documents from the course coordinator.   An overview of the call numbers using the Dewey Decimal Classification System is given to assist with finding materials on the libraries shelves.  A Goodreads group has been formed and populated with a Comprehensive Bibliography of works by prominent Development Economists for collaborative learning. 

3. Online Resources

Will take you to databases of the school and other organisations where you can find journal articles and other online material such as statistics, data, Economics search engines, working papers, and open access Journals. Useful search terms are also introduced. 

4. Institutions and People

In any academic discipline it is important to be familiar with the institutions and people who are prominent in the field. In this section a few of the most famous are introduced and links are provided for you to explore further.

5. Social Media & Audio-visual Resources

Acquisition and dissemination of knowledge is a collaborative activity.  Various tools on the internet lend themselves to this, including blogging, podcasting, tweeting, and MOOCs (massive open online courses).  These allow information to not only to be found in books and journals, but in a variety of audio-visual materials which can suit all learning styles.  A good example of a podcast, video, open online course, blog, and twitter feed is provided as an entry point for further investigation.

7. Hot-topics

This section will vary as topics are introduced in the curriculum and students are given an overview of some of the literature and research in the area.  Students can explore hot-topics further in their extended essays or propose topics and resources to expand this guide.

Video - what is Development Economics


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Created by Nadine Bailey

This guide was created by Nadine Bailey between November 2013 and June 2015.

Please report any problems or missing links to for changes and updates.