From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development (edX)

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From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development (edX)
Learn about the role of government and the key political, social, and economic processes that elevate any society from poverty to prosperity. How can poor societies become prosperous and overcome obstacles to do so? Professor Sir Paul Collier is one of the world’s leading scholars on this question, and in this economics course you will have the opportunity to learn from him directly.

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This course will discuss and examine the following topics:


The role of government and the key political, social and economic processes that affect development;

- Why societies need polities that are both centralised and inclusive, and the process by which these polities develop;

- The social factors that are necessary for development, including the importance of identities, norms, and narratives;

- The impact of economic processes on development, including discussion about how government policies can either promote or inhibit the exploitation of scale and specialisation;

- The external conditions for development, including trade flows, capital flows, labour flows and international rules for governance.

Enrol in this course to understand the factors that influence economic development and the different development paths that countries across the world have taken.




What you'll learn

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

- Identify internal political, social, and economic factors that influence development;

- Understand how external influences can impact the internal political, social, and economic processes;

- Understand the varied paths of development that different countries have taken;

- Apply the concepts learned by completing a final assignment that allows learners to practice the analysis of development challenges using the concepts of the course.


Syllabus


Module 1: From Anarchy to a centralised State

Economic development needs polities that are centralised and inclusive. No society starts with such a polity. Starting from anarchy, what determines whether a centralised state emerges?


Module 2: From centralised to Inclusive States

Economic development needs polities that are centralised and inclusive. No society starts with such a polity. What are the factors that develop a centralised state into an inclusive one?


Module 3: Power, Identities and Narratives

Economic development needs an alignment between power and identities. What happens when power and identities are misaligned and how can that misalignment be addressed?


Module 4: Growth through Urbanisation and Industrialisation

Economic development depends upon exploiting scale and specialisation, but poor societies start with neither. How can government policies promote or inhibit the exploitation of scale and specialisation?


Module 5: External Influences: Trade flows, Capital flows, Labour flows, and International Governance Rules

The political, social and economic processes covered in previous modules are fundamentally internal. External influences are peripheral but may still matter, for good or ill.


Module 6: Final Assignment

The details of the final assignment and instructions on how to complete it will be available in this module.



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