Organized jointly by the Department of Economics and the Department of Social Sciences, the Master in Economic Development and Growth will provide you with the required theoretical and quantitative tools to study the fascinating problem of economic development. While equipping you with the necessary theoretical and quantitative tools of the economist, the programme also provides a wide comparative, long-run take on economic development focussing on comparative economic development trajectories and the long-run evolution of institutions, markets, and states, paying particular attention at the institutional legacies of colonialism, feudalism or slavery or the impacts of industrialization, technological change and globalization.
In addition, the student can zoom in more specific topics like the measurement of poverty and inequality, agricultural development and rural institutions, or the operation of financial institutions in developing economies. Students must complete a Master thesis at the end of the first and second years closely supervised by faculty teaching in the master programme. Excellent MEDEG theses have looked at the impact of coral bleaching on the living standards of fishing communities in Indonesia, have analysed the market for bribes in Mexico, or have measured the impact of childhood exposure to famine on adult outcomes in Mali.
The MEDEG will prepare you for careers in international organizations, the international non-profit sector or think-tanks, public institutions and multinationals with interests in emerging and developing economies. It will also give the necessary preparation to start doctoral studies in the field of development economics, development studies, economic history or related social science programmes. Our students work in international organizations (United Nations, FAO, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, EU Asylum Support Office, EU Fiscal policy analysis Joint Research Centre), in the research bureaus of leading companies (BBVA Research, Repsol), in consultancies like Boston Group, Oxford Policy Management or the Girl Effect and in government agencies and research offices of central banks (AIRef, Bank of Spain, IVàlua Barcelona, German Development Agency GIZ, UK Overseas Development Institute). MEDEG students have been involved in the implementation of randomized control trials and similar initiatives for leading development economists in the world in countries like Uganda, Mali, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Colombia, Bolivia, or the Philippines. In addition, some have completed doctoral theses (Oslo, London School of Economics, Paris School of Economics, Lund, Carlos III Madrid), or are enjoying pre-doctoral research fellowships in top business schools like the Harvard Business School or the University of Chicago's Booth Business School.
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Three phases of application with deadlines: 31 Jan 2020, 31 Mar 2020, 31 May 2020