20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module will cover the economic theories used for the analysis of inequality and poverty. The theories will be backed by evidence from both the developed and the developing countries. The module starts off by a discussion of issues around measurement of inequality and poverty; the different measures that are used and the inherent assumptions behind these measures. We then move on to explain the existing global trends in inequality and poverty. Different theories are used to explain these trends; for example: role of human capital, poverty traps etc. Finally we discuss the policy response of different countries to address the issues of inequality and poverty, drawing on the specific examples of welfare programmes in the developed countries and the conditional cash transfers in the developing countries.

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

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

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

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