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Economics (ECON)

ECON 413W Economic Growth and the Challenge of World Poverty (3) Economic prosperity in historical perspective; recent successes (East Asia, China, India); ongoing challenges (the bottom billion; sub-Saharan Africa).

ECON 413W The Challenge of World Poverty (3)

This course will first consider economic growth and the spread of economic prosperity in historical perspective. Then contemporary success stories, including the East Asian miracle and growth in China and India, will be studied. The last part of the course focuses on the poor worldwide, and examines poverty traps in Africa, why aid doesn't work, and why globalization hasn't helped.

Students are expected to learn about the barriers to reducing world poverty and proposals aimed at alleviating poverty. Students will also learn about the growth and diffusion of economic prosperity, with both historical and contemporary examples. Students will develop analytical skills as we4ll as writing skills.

This course is one of a series of 400-level seminars, many of them writing-intensive, for our advanced students in each of seven broad areas of economics. This writing-intensive seminar is in the area of economic growth and development. The course will count toward both the major and the minor in economics.

Students will read four books about world poverty, write short book summaries, and write a term paper focuses on one feasible solution to alleviating poverty in Africa. In addition, there will be a midterm exam and a final exam.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2008
Prerequisite: ECON 471

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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