Development economics


Using a historical approach, this class will examine the different theoretical development models and how they are translated into economic policy. Thus, we will see that the various "developmentalist" theories of the 1950s and 1970s, which considered under-development as an international problem whose solution was to be found at the national level, were followed from the 1980s onwards by approaches according to which underdevelopment was a national problem that had to be dealt with at the international level. These approaches have led to a standardization of development strategies on which the structural adjustment has been based. Given the development failures (at least relative) that have characterized various decades, and while underdevelopment remains one of the main issues of the 21st century, the emphasis is placed today is on the reduction of poverty and inequality, as well as on the concept of sustainable development.

Recommended Prerequisite(s)

There are no pre-requisites for this class, although some basic knowledge in economics and particularly of macroeconomics is useful.

Form of assessment

The number of ECTS credits and the assessment methods are likely to be different for students in credit exchange programmes.


  • Berr E., Monvoisin V., Ponsot J.F. (sous la dir. de), L’économie post-keynésienne. Histoire, théories et politiques, chapitres 22 et 23, Paris, Seuil, 2018. 
  • Brasseul J., Lavrard-Meyer C., Économie du développement, Paris, Armand Colin, coll. U, 4e édition, 2016.
  • Merad-Boudia A., Économie du développement. Une perspective historique, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2012.
  • Rist G., Le développement : histoire d’une croyance occidentale, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 4e édition, 2013.
  • Treillet S., Économie du développement. De Bandoeng à la mondialisation, Paris, Armand Colin, 4e édition, 2018.

In brief

Year Fourth year

Teaching languageFrench

Teaching term Six-monthly

ECTS credits 3.0

Number of hours 18.0

Teaching activityLecture course

ValidationFinal written examination

Mandatory teaching



Educational manager :
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