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University of Ottawa - Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

API-6351: Globalization and Developing Countries

Calendar Description: Introduction to the economic analysis of developing countries. The course will address the different tools used to measure economic development as well as the obstacles to growth and development in the Third World. Issue areas considered include macro-economic adjustment, financing development, population growth, human capital, technological progress and facilitating institutions.

General Course Objective from Syllabus: To develop the tools and theoretical and empirical knowledge to understand economic development within the context of globalization.

Specific Course Objectives from Syllabus:

  1. Knowledge of the theories, history, and empirical trends relating to globalization and economic development. Economic rationale, criticisms, opportunities, especially as they pertain to developing countries.
  2. Apply tools to identify specific issues relevant to economic globalization and analyze their implications for developing countries. Analysis of evidence on what is driving globalization and outcomes for developing countries.
  3. Understand concepts and apply tools to assess policies to promote growth and poverty reduction in developing countries in context of globalization. Includes economic and social policy at national level as well as the role of international institutions.
  4. Integrate theories and tools in developing the capacity to assess, at the country level, economic development trends, priorities for growth, and policy options. This objective will be served by applying the approach of binding constraints analysis to an analysis of a selected developing country.

Faculty: Geranda Notten and Gordon Betcherman

Source: Syllabus downloaded from and, 19 January 2014.

Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Management Subject



Commentary by the Atlas editors: The class titles in the Syllabus suggest a number of the potential topics to be developed for the Atlas:

  • Monitoring development: What should we be looking at and what are the facts?
  • Binding constraints analysis in international development 
  • Theories of economic development 
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Monetary and fiscal policy in developing countries
  • International trade and developing countries
  • Employment issues and policies in developing countries
  • Private sector development
  • Social security policy in developing countries
  • Financial markets and development
  • Human capital and development

Page created by: Ian Clark on 19 January 2014. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.




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