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Trade policies and their impact on developing countries


Development Economics

7.5 credits




This course integrates knowledge from various fields of economics, such as trade theory, growth models and basic microeconomics, to examine issues specific to developing countries. It examines the interaction between rural and urban areas, as well as the role of farming in developing countries, and discusses trade, development and the impact of trade policies.

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Tools and knowledge for analysing important societal issues After studying Economics, you can work in both the public and private sectors, for national or international organisations, with issues relating to the economics of society. In the private sector, it is common for economists to work at banks or in companies in the financial sector. However, economists may also work at consultancies or other companies that require socio-economic expertise. In the public sector, you could work at government ministries, public authorities, municipalities or the Swedish Riksbank. Studying Economics gives you important, societally beneficial knowledge. After your studies, you will have the tools and knowledge necessary to analyse important societal issues Studying Economics is not only a strength on the labour market, but it also provides an important general education for understanding our societal economy. Read about research in this subject
Development and growth, inequality, trade policies and the role of farming During this course, you will combine knowledge from specific fields of economics, such as trade theory, growth models and basic microeconomics, in order to examine issues related to developing countries. This entails investigating the relationships between growth and development, between inequality and development, and that between malnutrition and development. You will examine the interaction between rural and urban areas, as well as the role of farming in poor countries. The course concludes with a discussion about trade and development and the impact from trade policies. You will learn to use economic theory to analyse the obstacles and opportunities confronted by a developing country and to assimilate insights about the importance of economics in the process of social development, as well as the responsibility associated with the use of economic tools. Course design This is a lecture-based course, though some individual work or group work may also be required. Assessment is by written examination.
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