The Development Economics track gives you the in-depth knowledge and expertise to help spur growth in developing economies. This track is 1 of 6 tracks you can opt for in our Master's in Economics.
In this track you learn how to formulate your balanced, but critical views on matters of developmental policy. You unravel the complex interdependencies on the basis of empirical evidence. In this track the Amsterdam School of Economics joins with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; stimulating different views and discussion.
This track applies a microeconomic approach to the international economy. The track International Finance and Trade is its more macro-focused counterpart.
Apart from the 3 general courses of the full programme, you will follow 3 track-specific courses.
This course introduces you to contemporary methods of policy evaluation. You will study their applications related to topics such as education, health, nutrition, crime, microfinance, gender and labour issues. You will read and prepare papers in order to explain important aspects of these papers during the weekly meetings.
In this course you will apply microeconomics to topics in development economics. The aim is not to be complete, but to select a number of 6 well-studied topics, stressing their empirical foundation. You will discuss the concepts, measurement of poverty and the evaluation of policy impact extensively. During the course, we will use empirical evidence.
In this course you will learn the basic methodology of experimental economics: how to design a simple experiment, including writing instructions. You will practice both with laboratory and field experimentation evolving around:
Good ideas on how to reduce poverty abound. But do these really address the key problems facing the poor? And is there solid evidence that they have impacted the lives of the poor in the past? In Development Economics we discuss theories and empirical methods that can help to answer such questions. Your input will help shape the debate.
Examples of current newspaper headlines and relevant issues that could be discussed in your classroom.
From Cheating to Learning: An Evaluation of Fraud Prevention on National Exams in Indonesia
This is an example of current research being done by your professors.
Cheating reduces the signal value of exam data and it might shift the focus of teachers and students away from learning. However, it is difficult to prevent cheating if it is widespread. We evaluate the impact of computer-based testing (CBT) on national exam scores in junior secondary schools in Indonesia, exploiting the phased roll-out of the programme from 2015 to 2019.
Graduates of the Master's programme in Economics/Development Economics track have excellent job prospects for positions as researchers and experts in:
|Credits||60 ECTS, 12 months|
|Language of instruction||English|