Coordinator Silvia Nenci
University Roma Tre
Environmental & Natural Resources Economics
Development policies and growth
Industrial policy: history, theory and empirical evidence
Trade and Development
Institutions, development and financial crisis
Development Theory and Financial Assistance
Main Topics covered:
- Theory and practice of development
- Policies and institutions relevant for development
- GDP growth and convergence/divergence between rich and poor countries
- Environmental sustainability;
- Poverty, debt, IMF and WB policies & constraints;
- Innovation and technological gap, trade & trade policy, financial crisis
- Differences between (1) economic growth, (2) economic development and (3) human development
The module of Development Economics aims to give a detailed perspective about the main issues, both at theoretical and at empirical levels, of the economic development process and policies.
From micro-economic foundations to debt issues and financial assistance passing by development theories and policies, institutions, environmental issues, international trade and globalisation, innovation, and paradigms of development, the module it is built on rigorous theoretical background on economics and development and it adopts an interdisciplinary approach.
The modules develops around four main core subjects, such as Microeconomics, International Economics, Environmental & Natural Resources Economics, Macroeconomics, and it is completed by other specialization classes like Development policies and growth, Developing Countries’ Industrial policy, Trade and Development, Debt Issues, Development Theory and Financial Assistance, Institutions, development and financial crisis, and Global inequality.
The course covers the main topics of microeconomics, introducing students to the fundamental theories and providing a broad grounding necessary to better understand the concept of development. By the end of the course students will be familiar with the following topics: firms in competitive markets; monopoly; oligopoly and monopolistic competition; externalities; public goods and common resources; public production vs privatization.
This course will provide students with an analytical framework for the study of international economics, with a special focus on international trade. The course will highlight the historical evolution of trade and trade liberalization, sources of comparative advantage, gains and losses from trade, and effects of trade policy interventions. International agreements on regional trade liberalization and on multilateral trade liberalization will be also discussed. It will also cover applications to a number of topics of current interest, including the debate on globalization and the analysis of the main actors and instruments of the global governance.
Environmental & Natural Resource Economics
The lectures deal with the economic and environmental implications of natural resource management. The module covers conceptual and methodological topics, as well as natural resource allocation problems. It introduces students to the principles, reasoning, and techniques required to analyse actual economic policy instruments.
This course introduces students to the basic concepts of macroeconomics and economic growth theory. The aim is to provide students with a framework to analyze the external economic environment and to understand the major factors that cause macroeconomic change and economic growth.