ECON1910 – Poverty and Distribution in Developing Countries

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Course content

The course gives an introduction to development economics with a particular emphasis on the study of poverty and inequality and how different development policies impact on these.

Learning outcome


  • important facts about the incidence and trends of poverty in the world
  • how to measure poverty and inequality, and how the choice of measure may affect understanding and policy
  • theory and evidence on the causes and consequences of poverty and underdevelopment; for instance:
    • how poverty traps from nutrition, education, and markets may hamper development
    • how poverty affects and is affected by family dynamics and gender issues
    • how the absence of credit and savings markets may explain lack of investments
    • how weak institutions and lack of social cohesion may suppress development


You should be able to

  • calculate summary measures of poverty and inequality
  • use models as an analytical tool to discuss poverty, inequality and economic development
  • evaluate development policy on the basis of theory and evidence


You should be able to

  • follow economic reasoning related to the course, for instance when reading professional reports
  • recognize the difference between well founded knowledge and weakly founded opinions


Students at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

You can not attend this course if you have already passed specific ECON-courses at a higher level.


Lectures and seminars. 

The course will be taught in Norwegian if no English-speaking students attend the course.

Compulsory tuition activities:

  • A compulsory term paper.

If the compulsory term paper is not approved, you may be given a second attempt to hand in a new term paper/improve the term paper within a short deadline.

See The Faculty of Social Sciences' rules regarding change of seminar groups and compulsory tuition activities.

Absence from compulsory tuition activities

If you are ill or have another valid reason for being absent from compulsory tuition activities, your absence may be approved or the compulsory activity may be postponed.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

If your assignment is approved, this will be registered by the administration. You don’t have to resubmit the assignment if you wish to retake an exam.


A 3-hour written school exam.

You must have passed the mandatory activities in order to sit for the exam.

Previous exams

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.



The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

Ask for explanation of your grade in this course.

Ask for explanation of your grade in this course (postponed exam).

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

There are restrictions on resitting this exam. See further information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






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