MDE 002 – English for Economists
This course aims at enhancing the students understanding, reading, writing, and speaking content-specific skills. The content is specialized English language in economics. Thus, the evaluation criteria will be goal oriented; i.e comprehension, writing and presentations. The readings may vary and cover different fields within economics.
MDE 698- Capstone Research
The capstone seminar is a platform for students to demonstrate their accumulated knowledge in development economics. The outcome of the seminar can be a case study or a research paper, which is subjected to multiple hand-ins and feedback; the topic is open to the students and instructor to determine. The seminar may also include several presentations throughout the semester to report on progress and get feedback.
MDE 699 – Master Dissertaion in Development Economics
The Capstone Thesis course offers the required training to choose, analyze, and recommend solutions to issues that pertain to economic development particularly in the MENA region. It also provides the students with deep knowledge in their concentration or area of interest to increase their potential for better labor market opportunities. Applications in the master's thesis track can be in any of the fields of development and /or area of interest
MDE 602 Development Economics Internship
This course gives students credit for supervised work in a public, quasi-public, or not-for profit organizations. It may include more than one placement, but the total of all placements should amount to a minimum of 300 hours of work experience. It should be undertaken after the completion of at least half of the compulsory courses in the program.
MDE 610 – Economic Development: Theories & Practices
This course studies the different theories that underline the economic development paradigm. The course begins by offering a historical overview of economic development under different contexts, highlighting the importance of inclusiveness, gender participation and human rights…etc. Students will gain insights into the various theories regarding the role of the state and the market, from Keynes to neoliberalism. Students will also learn how developing countries can achieve development, through which mechanisms and policies and under what horizon. This course finally will review international experiences with a focus on Arab countries and will present each case according to the theoretical typology defined along this course.
MDE 611- Empirical Methods in Development
This is a basic course in applied econometrics, it begins with an introduction to probability theory to provide a foundation for inferential statistics. Then the course covers applications of the simple regression model and incorporates issues such as prediction, functional forms, and units of measurement. The course also covers applications of the multiple regression model, testing linear restrictions and model selection. Finally, the course concludes with an introduction to simultaneous equation modeling and its applications in development.
MDE 612 – Macroeconomic Theories and Practice
This course provides in-depth analysis of modern macroeconomic theories and policy applications. Topics include: introduction to growth theories, business cycles, consumption and saving, unemployment, and stability policies. A substantial part of this course will deal with the intriguing intersection between macroeconomic performance and the developments of financial system. By the end of this course, students should have a firm understanding of the working fundamentals of the macro-economy and be able to assess the current macroeconomic policy debate.
MDE 613- Economics of Labor and Human Capital
The economics of labor markets are key to the study of development. As such, this course will cover both theoretical aspects of labor markets (such as supply and demand for labor, wages, inequality, migration, productivity, trade, and unions and collective bargaining) and labor market empirics. The labor market frictions and its implications for developing countries are used to analyze the phenomenon and suggest policy recommendations. Of particular interest is the discussion on the evolution of the economic structure and status of employment, employment and poverty, informality, education and the labor market, and labor market institutions.
MDE 614 – Research Methods
This course will offer technical tools to conduct a research project in specific research development projects where students will be required to collect data, review literature and use models. The course trains students in understanding development problems, conducting fieldwork, recognizing the problems faced in collecting data, and running econometric specifications. The course also focuses on policies that should be addressed to achieve greater development and how fiscal governance in particular will affect development outcomes. During this course, students are expected to develop a research proposal that will form the basis of their capstone seminar or thesis.
MDE 615 – Political Economy: Institutions and Development Issues
Institutions and Development Issues. The idea that institutions play an important role in economic development has been gaining momentum in the last few decades. The multidisciplinary nature of this role will be the underlying theme of this course, involving economics, public administration, political science, and history. The possibility that development has a feedback mechanism on institutional building will be explored. The course will review theoretical aspects of institutional development and its interplay with growth. It will also offer analysis of country experiences to draw conclusions and policy implications.
MDE 616 – Microeconomic Theory
This course aims to equip the students with analytical tools to analyze decision making, on one hand, and the market equilibrium, on the other. It covers the theory of consumer choice, including applications to income-leisure choice and intertemporal consumption; isoquant theory of production; allocative efficiency and competition and monopoly; models of monopolistic competition and oligopoly; input pricing; microeconomic policies to address problems of market failure.