Public University of Navarre



Academic year: 2024/2025 | Previous academic years:  2023/2024 
International Double Bachelor's degree in Economics, Management and Business Administration at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Course code: 176711 Subject title: ECONOMICS OF POVERTY AND INEQUALITY
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Optative Year: Period: 1º S
Department: Economía
Lecturers:
GARCIA PRADO, ARIADNA MARÍA (Resp)   [Mentoring ] ECHAVARRI AGUINAGA, REBECA   [Mentoring ]
MARTINEZ MORA, FRANCISCO DE ASIS   [Mentoring ]

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Module/Subject matter

Development and Cooperation.

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Contents

Economics of poverty and inequality is studied at the intersection of economic theory, empirical applications and policy implications. Curving inequality and poverty are the result of the complex interaction between economic policies and social norms, including institutions. From this perspective, the study of poverty and inequality has a very broad meaning and, therefore, this course will deal with issues ranging from poverty in health or education to inequality in access to labor and financial markets, and specifically includes the design and evaluation of social development programmes. Each of the topics is gender-sensitive by taking into account the role of sex, age, ethnic or religious group, as well as their intersectionality.

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General proficiencies

Not applicable.

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Specific proficiencies

Not applicable.

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Learning outcomes

RA03: Explain the functions of economic agents and the role of institutions in economic and social activity at its different territorial levels (from local institutions to international organizations).

RA04: Identify the main instruments of public intervention and relate policy recommendations to economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

RA05: Identify and analyze the historical, social, and institutional factors that condition economic processes.

RA06: Identify and anticipate relevant economic problems related to resource allocation in general, both in the private and public spheres.

RA09: Identify and recognize relevant sources of economic information and their content.

RA10: Derive relevant information from economic and social data that is difficult for non-professionals to recognize.

RA11: Use professional criteria for economic analysis, preferably those based on the use of technical instruments.

RA12: Manage resource allocation effectively, both in the private and public spheres.

RA13: Apply rationality to the analysis and description of any aspect of economic reality.

RA14: Evaluate the consequences of different action alternatives and select the best ones given the objectives.

RA17: Prepare reports and convey ideas on any economic matter, clearly and coherently, to both specialized and non-specialized audiences.

 

RA18: Work in a team, being able to argue their proposals and validate or reasonably refuse the arguments of others.

RA19: Organize work, in terms of good time management, order, and planning.

RA20: Select and generate the necessary information for each problem, analyze it, and make decisions based on it.

RA21: Value ethical, social, and environmental commitment in professional practice.

RA22: Continue learning in the future independently, deepening the knowledge acquired or starting in new areas of knowledge.

 

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Methodology

 

Methodology/Activity Hours in the classroom  Hours out of the classroom
A-1 Participative lectures 18  
A-2 Applied seminars 18  
A-3 Debates, group discussion, office hours 18  
A-4 Team material production   20
A-5  Reading  complementary material   30
A-6 Individual study   30
A-7 Exams and case studies 06  
A-8 Individual office hours   10
TOTAL 60 90

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Evaluation

 

Learning
outcome
Assessment
activity
Weight (%) It allows
test resit
Minimum
required grade
All Case studies 20 Yes No
All Presentations 20 Yes No
All Final exam 60 Yes No

 

 

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Agenda

Topic 1. Perspectives in the Economics of Poverty and Inequality

Topic 2. Education

Topic 3. Health

Topic 4. Labour

Topic 5. Access to saving and credit markets

Topic 6. Institutions

 Topics will include laboratory sessions on the design and evaluation of social development programmes.

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Bibliography

Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.


  • Acemoglu, D., Robinson J. (2012). Why nations fail? Crown Publishing Group. Massachusetts, USA.
  • Banerjee A.V., Duflo E. (2011). Poor Economics. Public Affairs, New York.
  • Banerjee A.V., Duflo E. (2019). Good Economics for hard times. Public Affairs, New York. 
  • Deaton, A. (2013). The great scape: Health, wealth, and the origins of inequality. Princeton University Press, New York.
  • Gertler, P.J, Martínez S., Premand P., Rawlings L.B., Vermeersch C. (2007). Impact Evaluation in Practice, The World Bank. http://www.worldbank.org/pdt
  • Mullainathan S., Shafir E. (2013). Scarcity. Penguin Books, London.
  • Sen A.K. (1999): Development as freedom. New York.
  • Sustein C., Thaler R. (2008). Nudge: Improving decisions about health, and happiness. 
  • World Bank (2015).  World Development Report 2015: Mind, society and behavior. World Bank Group.

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Languages

English

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Location

UPNA; Campus de Arrosadía.

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