ECON-3605 Economic Development

How to explain that nowadays Venezuela has a per capita income (in purchasing power parity) lower than the PCI of 40 years ago, while in the same period Colombia has doubled it and Ireland increased it by 4? Conventional explanations resorted to macroeconomics in order to find answers. Nevertheless, answers might be found in microeconomics. This course analyzes the microeconomic mechanisms that hinder development. It goes beyond the scope of traditional answers in terms of human capital and institutions. Part of the course is focused on the analysis of asset markets and the factors and policies that hamper or encourage competition. The role of international trade, international agreements and the relation between globalization and development are also analyzed.