20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: It takes the average worker in the UK less than ten days to produce the same amount of output as the average worker in the Democratic Republic of Congo produces over the course of an entire year. Earning the minimum wage in the UK easily puts you in the top 10% of earners worldwide. This module uses a mix of theory and empirics to seek to understand where these enormous gaps in standards of living between countries come from and how they evolve over time.

Restrictions on availability: ECN130 or SMI equivalent. ECN21004 or ECN21007 or SMI equivalent.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study,
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Economics):

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK