INAF-392 Economics of Africa
Spring for 2017-2018
This course is concerned with the understanding and analysis of African Economies. We will explore many of the issues that African economies are grappling with today in their progress to eliminate poverty and improve the livelihoods of millions. Specifically, we will examine questions such as, what is the structure of African economies, what are the key sectors and what are the challenges and opportunities therein? What is Africa’s role in the global economy?
The course will be structured in three core parts: The first part is an overview to understand African economies, the second part covers, more in-depth, seven key topics that matter for the viability and the performance of African economies, and the third part of the course will take an international perspective to analyze the role of Africa in the world economy, discussing issues on trade and foreign aid.
After taking this course, students are expected to have a good understanding of the current opportunities and challenges faced by African economies, to understand where Africa stands and how Africa contributes to the world economy, and to be able to have intelligent conversations on a wide range of socio-economic topics on the African continent.
We cover material ranging from qualitative case studies to theories of growth and trade and to statistical analyses. No prior exposure to any of these fields is required—the material is designed to be accessible to all, and technical material is presented in a relatively non?technical fashion.
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