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Development Economics track

The Development Economics track gives you the in-depth knowledge and expertise to help spur growth in developing economies. This track is 1 of 6 tracks you can opt for in our Master's in Economics.

Unravel complex interdependencies

During this track you learn how to formulate your balanced and critical views on matters of developmental policy. Also you unravel complex interdependencies on the basis of empirical evidence. In this track the Amsterdam School of Economics joins with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; stimulating different views and discussion.

This track applies a microeconomic approach to the international economy. The International Economics and Globalisation track is its more macro-focused counterpart.

Track-specific courses

  • Policy Evaluation: Development and Public Policy

    This course introduces you to contemporary methods of policy evaluation. You will study their applications related to topics such as education, health, nutrition, crime, microfinance, gender and labour issues. You will read and prepare papers in order to explain important aspects of these papers during the weekly meetings.

  • Microeconomics for Development

    In this course you will apply microeconomics to topics in development economics. The aim is not to be complete, but to select a number of 6 well-studied topics, stressing their empirical foundation. You will discuss the concepts, measurement of poverty and the evaluation of policy impact extensively. During the course, we will use empirical evidence. 

  • Experimental Economics

    In this course you will learn the basic methodology of experimental economics: how to design a simple experiment, including writing instructions. You will practice both with laboratory and field experimentation evolving around:

    • industrial organisation;
    • labour economics;
    • behavioural economics;
    • individual and group decision making.

Real-life case: how to reduce poverty

Good ideas on how to reduce poverty abound. But do these really address the key problems facing the poor? And is there solid evidence that they have impacted the lives of the poor in the past? In Development Economics we discuss theories and empirical methods that can help to answer such questions. Your input will help shape the debate.

Up-to-date issues

Examples of current newspaper headlines and relevant issues that could be discussed in your classroom.

  • What is the effect of microfinance on consumption in rural villages?
  • Economic impacts of illness, coping strategies, health insurance and crowding-out effects: evidence from a financial diary survey in Nigeria.
  • Community driven development, social capital & inequality: assessing the impact of the Indonesian Urban Poverty Project on Social Capital.

Career prospects

Graduates of the Master's programme in Economics/Development Economics track have excellent job prospects for positions as researchers and experts in:

  • NGO’s;
  • (inter)nationally operating consultancies;
  • (inter)national governments.

Development Economics and 5 other tracks

Development Economics is 1of 6 tracks you can opt for in our MSc Economics. If you are more interested in another field of economics, read the info on 1 or more of the other tracks.