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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

No poverty Zero hunger Quality education Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

This is a course is an applied course on international economic development, organised around the main current topics. The aim of the course is to offer students the theoretical and analytical tools to understand the different interpretations of economic development - in its evolving features - both at the local and at the international level. With the objective of providing the basic context for correctly framing the Sustainable Development Goals, the course focuses on issues such as poverty, hunger, inequality, migration and unbalanced development. The experience of the so-called emerging countries will be one of the privileged points of view. Students will be able to acquire the ability to tackle the problems of economic development and competition in an applied and comparative perspective, with thematic in-depth applications.

Course contents

This is an advanced and critical course on issues of international development in light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The course will be taught in English.

The course covers the following areas from articles and recent studies, by analyzing and comparing different positions:

A. The age of inequality.

B1. Kuznetz's curve and Kuznets cycles.

B2. Recent trends in income inequality (within and across countries). The two sides of a debate.

B3. The most important recent contributions (e.g. Piketty, Milanovic).

C. Climate change and development

C1. Why we talk of climate "change"

C2. Global climate change inequalities

C3. The economics of climate change and its impact on international development


There are no mandatory text-books for this course.

All articles, references and links will be available on the course web-page.

Teaching methods

Lectures in class (in English) with lecture notes and slides available for the students (on the course web-page)

Assessment methods

A written exam (in iEnglish) with 4 to 6 open essay-questions of the course main topics (60% of the final grade).

Two short essays (in English) on any topic related to the course (40% of the final grade)

Teaching tools

Video projector and a internet-connected computer.

Office hours

See the website of Pier Giorgio Ardeni