UMED8X Economics of Developing Countries



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Academic Year: 2020/2021

Assessment Period or Date: Jan/Feb 2021


Module Leader:                 James Korovilas

Module Code                    UMED8X-15-3

Module Title:                    Economics of Developing Countries

Examination Duration:     24 hours



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  • You have to answer ONE out of the six exam questions
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Answer ONE of the following six questions


Word limit: 2000 words



  1. According to Amartya Sen, development can only be achieved when people possess a range of basic freedoms. Critically examine the idea that these basic freedoms referred to by Amartya Sen will inevitably materialise when a country experiences a sustained period of economic growth.


  1. With reference to both the Harris-Todaro model of rural-urban migration and the LFS (limited factor substitutability) model, critically assess the idea that urban unemployment in developing countries can be reduced by switching to more labour-intensive techniques in the urban sector.


  1. To what extent are all forms of corruption detrimental to effective development?


  1. To what extent should a balanced development process include initiatives to enhance the agricultural sector?


  1. ‘Mineral rich developing countries should dismiss the concerns of the dependency theorists and embrace the use of multinational corporations in order to exploit their natural resources. Discuss.


  1. With reference to the case studies on Albania and Trinidad, critically assess the argument that development in these two countries has been distorted by their high levels of international dependency.


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