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The course will consist of classroom lectures and exercise sessions. It will cover topics such as:

  • How poverty is defined and measured
  • The livelihoods of the poor:
    • agriculture
    • small businesses
  • Credit and financial services
  • Health
  • Impact evaluation
  • Growth theories
  • Institutions
  • Completion method: contact teaching
  • Schedule: can be found in Sisu
  • Study materials: can be found in MyCourses
    • To be able to access the course workspace you must have registered for the course successfully in Aalto’s Sisu
    • Log in with your Aalto username to be able to use all the features of the course workspace

Please register for the course in the Aalto Sisu with your Aalto username. Further instructions (link to be added here later).

    • Code: 31E1500

    • Target groups: MSc / rMSc / (PhD students: please contact your supervisor/program director to be sure that the course credit can be counted towards your degree)

    • Credit points: 6

    • Code: 26010

    • Target groups: MSc / rMSc / (PhD PhD students: please contact your supervisor/program director to be sure that the course credit can be counted towards your degree)

    • Credit points: 6

    • Credit transfer: apply for substitution in Sisu

    Further instructions (link to be added here later)

    • Code: ECOM-420 (MSc)

    • Target groups: MSc / rMSc (/ PhD students: please contact your supervisor/program director to be sure that the course credit can be counted towards your degree)

    • Credit points: 6

    • Credit transfer: apply for substitution in Sisu

    Further instructions (link to be added here later)

    • Please contact your supervisor/program director to be sure that the course credit can be counted towards your degree

    • Credit transfer: please apply for credit transfer according to your home university's procedures

The course introduces students to central concepts in the study of developing countries and poverty. Students will:

  • Gain an overview of the field of development economics and major topics in policy and research within the field.
  • Practice the understanding and use of the most common statistical methods used in the empirical study of development economics, with a focus on causal inference.
  • Learn about ways to measure and define poverty, and the main explanations highlighted in the field of economics for differences in growth and income levels between rich and poor countries.