Topics in economic development

This will be an essay course consisting of 12 two hour lectures 13.1.-19.2.2015 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 14-16, Place: Economicum (Arkadiankatu 7), Seminar room 3-4.

From the 12 lectures, four will be kept by the lecturer and eight will be held by the students. Students will choose their topic from a predetermined list of topics, which can be found from Google calendar. The username is: Password can be acquired by emailing me:


Course book: David N. Weil, “Economic growth”, 3rd or 2nd edition. In Amazon.

Additional material: William Easterly, “The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economist’s Adventures and Misadventures at the Tropics”, MIT Press 2002.

A link to the article search engine in Ebscohost can be found from the library of the University of Helsinki.

Link to the course on Weboodi.

Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Lecture 3

Lecture 4

Lecture 5 (29.1.): Human Capital and its effect on Economic Growth

Lecture 6 (3.2.): The role of government; income inequality

Lecture 7 (10.2.): the role of culture; technological change

Lecture 8 (12.2.): CANCELLED

Lecture 9 (17.2.): economic growth in an open economy; globalization

Lecture 10 (19.2.): endogenous growth theory; unified growth theory