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LUBS5142M Distributional Analysis in Economic Development

15 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Suman Seth
Email: S.Seth@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

This module aims to introduce students to the tools and concepts used by economists in order to assess and address distributional concerns (e.g., inequality, poverty, mobility, polarisation etc.), which may relate to the distribution of income and other valuable achievements as well as to the joint distribution of various achievements (relating to the measurement of human development, multidimensional well-being and poverty). The module will also teach students how to analyse data in practice, with a project report.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion, students will be able to:
- Apply the learned distributional analysis tools to real-world policy issues as well as significant research questions arising in the literature.
- Demonstrate analytical skills useful for their dissertation.

Skills outcomes
Use of statistical and data management software (mainly Stata and Excel).


Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics:
1. Economic development and its effect on income distribution
2. Material inequality and poverty: measurement and analysis
3. Pro-poor economic development: tools and applications
4. Practical issues in monetary poverty measurement: choice of poverty line, welfare aggregates, purchasing power parity, equivalence scales
5. Measurement of development involving multiple dimensions: MDGs, SDGs, human development, and multidimensional poverty
6. Distributional analysis and well-being measurement with ordinal variables.
7. Objective versus subjective well-being: concepts, issues and measurement.
8. Inequality of opportunity and social mobility: concepts, issues and measurement.
9. Alternative inequality concepts: social polarisation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture112.0022.00
Practical22.004.00
Tutorial22.004.00
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will be expected to review the lecture material along with supporting reading content (e.g. handbooks, textbooks). Likewise they will be expected to read applied papers. Exercises for the tutorials and for the practical sessions will be provided in advance, so that students can prepare for the respective sessions.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored along the semester at the tutorials and the practicals, as students will be given the assignments in advance.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report2000 word project report30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by examination


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 2 hr 70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2 hours examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/12/2019

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