Module Details

EC938-7-SP-CO: Trade And Development

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Economics
Essex credit: 20
ECTS credit: 10
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Carmen Li
Teaching Staff: Dr Carmen A Li
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Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This applied course examines policy aspects relating to international trade and finance and their effects in developing countries. The first part of the course concentrates on trade and trade policy. In particular, we discuss the effects of export promotion on growth and poverty and the current understanding on the distributional impacts of trade liberalisation. The second part of the course focuses on foreign capital. We concentrate on foreign aid and foreign direct investment (FDI), and their effects on economic growth and development.

Upon completion of the course, students will have acquired a critical view of the effects of trade policies on development, and the main challenges involved in financing development. That is, students should be aware of the main problems faced by the developing countries, be able to evaluate critically the relevan literature and participate in the policy-related debate. In addition, students will demonstrate their ability to gather, summarise and interpret existing studies in completing the term paper for the course.

Learning and Teaching Methods

One 2 hour lecture per week


Whichever is the Greater: EITHER 50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark OR 100 per cent Exam Mark


Term paper, upper limit 4,000 words

Exam Duration and Period

2:00 during Summer Examination period.


  • No single book adequately covers the course so references are made to journal articles.
  • However, the recommended book is:
  • Agenor P-R, 2004, The Economics of Adjustment and Growth, 2nd ed., Harvard University Press

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