What allows countries to develop? What holds development and growth in certain regions? Why many developing countries in Africa have seen lower levels of growth and development in recent decades than Asians states? This course examines these questions and many others by discussing various models in development economics and exploring their application in reality.
Among the topics which will be discussed in class are: the relationship between growth and inequality; various dimensions of poverty; the role of the agriculture sector in development; the impact of access to education and health on development; credit and markets and the role of institutions in development. All will include a discussion on relevant literature and examples from case studies.
This course is taught by Mrs. Reut Barak-Weekes
Dr. Barak Weekes has specialized in development economics and governance relations in the developing world, and has a wide interest in development in diverse communities. Dr. Barak Weekes' PhD thesis, from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, focused on the impact of governance relations on water management in China.
Prior to joining Glocal Dr. Barak Weekes also worked at the Weitz Center for Development Studies in Rechovot and at Kav LaOved, an Israeli labour rights NGO.
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