ECON4915 – Development Economics

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Course content

Development Economics addresses development issues for poor countries. The course aims at explaining the causes and effects of poverty and deriving policy implications. The course is based on theoretical economics, adapted to reflect the special institutional structures that characterize most developing countries.

Learning outcome

You should know

  • the magnitude of the differences in incomes between countries and peoples of the world
  • a variety of theoretical models and mechanisms and arguments that are relevant for development and poverty issues
  • empirical research relevant for development and poverty issues

You should be able to

  • master theoretical models that illustrate important development issues
  • derive and discuss policy implications
  • critically assess the quality and relevance of empirical research

You should

  • be able to read and understand project reports and journal articles that make use of the concepts and methods that are introduced in the course
  • be able to make use of the course content in your own academic work, for example in analyses that are part of the master’s thesis


Students admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students not admitted to the Master’s programme in Economics or the Master’s programme in Economic Theory and Econometrics (Samfunnsøkonomisk analyse), can apply for admission to one of our study programmes, or apply for guest student status.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

You must also fulfill one of these prerequisites:

Overlapping courses

  • 10 credits overlap with ECON480- Development Economics
  • 10 credits overlap with SØK480 Utviklingsøkonomi, 3. avd. samfunnsøkonomi
  • 10 credits overlap with SOØ480 Utviklingsøkonomi, 3. avd. sosialøkonomi


Lectures and seminars. 

Students are stimulated to form informal reading groups. In the seminars the students are trained in oral and written presentations.

The seminars are integrated with the lectures and the students will take part, individually and on a group basis, also in the lectures. The students will throughout the term receive written and oral feedback.


A 3-hour written school exam.

Previous exams

Exam papers with comments from examiner

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

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.

See also our 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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