Prof. Francis W. Ahking
Office: Oak Hall, Room 332, Office hours: TuTh, 11:00 - 12:00 noon, and by appointment
Office telephone: 6-3026, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course information: Econ 3479, Economic Growth
Pre-requisite: Econ 2202, Intermediate Macoroeconomics
Course meeting time and place: TuTh, 9:30-10:45 am, Oak 105
Required text: Economic Growth, 3rd ed., by David N. Weil
This book is available from the UConn Co-op. You can also buy a new/used copy from Amazon.com at a discount, or rent one. There is also a paperback international edition of this text from Amazon.com. I have not seen the international edition, but expect it to be identical to the U.S. edition. You can buy an e-copy from Coursesmart.com. Another source is Barnes and Noble, which also has a textbook rental service. There are many other websites on the internet that sell used/new textbooks or rent them. You are encouraged to check them out on you own.
The publisher’s website for the textbook contains a wealth of useful information including multiple choice questions, flashcards, and exercises using graphs for each chapter.
Welcome to economic growth. In this course, we study economic growth at the macroeconomic level. We will also look at development issues, but the main focus will be on economic growth. Economic growth is the study of the process of growth and development by combining several areas of economics, such as microeconomics, macroeconomics, labor and population economics. We now know that economic factors alone cannot fully explain the growth process. Other important factors include location (including climate and natural resources) and institutional factors such as the rule of law. Please start by taking a careful look at this syllabus. Hopefully, it contains answers to most or all the questions that you may have about this class. If not, make sure you ask. Again, welcome!
Quizzes, Examination and Grade
|Participation and online discussions:||
To encourage discussions and taking an active role in
class, participation will count for 10% of your final grade. We
will have two online discussions. We will also have
exercises, both in class (graded) and not graded. I'll ask students to provide solutions in class.
You can also raise questions in class for discussion.
You can find more information about online discussion by going to this class's HuskyCT's website and looking under Information for Discussion.
There will be six quizzes given on
Thursdays over the semester, approximately one every two weeks. Only your
five best quizzes will count toward your final grade. Quizzes will
consist of multiple choice questions, definitions, and/or short-answer
There will also be one midterm
and one final examination. The midterm and the final examinations will
also consist of multiple choice questions, definitions, short-answer
questions, but will also include short essay questions.
Note: All quizzes are given on Thursdays:
1st quiz: 9/5 2nd quiz: 9/19 3rd quiz: 10/3
4th quiz: 10/24 5th quiz: 11/7 6th quiz: 11/21
Mid-semester examination: Thursday, October 10
Final examination (preliminary): Friday, December 13, 8:00 - 10:00 am
The following additional information concerning final examinations is provided by the Office of Student Services and Advocacy (OSSA):
"Finals week for fall 2013 takes place from Monday, December 9th, through Sunday, December 15th. Students are required to be available for their exam and/or complete any assessment during the time stated in the Registrar's Office schedule. If you have a conflict with this time you must visit the Office of Student Services and Advocacy to discuss the possibility of rescheduling this final.
OSSA REQUIRES advance notice from students who have prior knowledge of a conflict (i.e., bunched finals, religious obligation, legal/medical appointments…) Students must come to OSSA to seek permission to reschedule their final NO LATER THAN Friday, November 29th.
Please note that vacations, previously purchased tickets or reservations, graduations, social events, misreading the assessment schedule and over-sleeping are not viable reasons for rescheduling a final. If you think that your situation warrants permission to reschedule, please contact the Office of Student Services and Advocacy (2nd floor Wilbur Cross) to meet with a staff member."
Your letter grade is determined according to the following. You numerical average may be adjusted before the letter grade is determined.
|92% +||88% - 91%||83% - 87%||78% - 82%||73% - 77%|
|68% - 72%||63% - 67%||58% - 62%||54% -57%||50% - 53%||46% - 49%||< 45%|
After each assessment, e.g. after each quiz has been graded, the result will be posted to the grade book together with summary statistics such as the highest score, the lowest score, the average, etc. A running total will also be automatically calculated. This provides you with a constant up-to-date picture of your progress in class.
If you miss one quiz, you will not be
given a makeup since only your best five out of six quizzes will count. If you miss more than one, you will need to give me a
verifiable reason and makeup will be at my discretion. If you
know you are not going to be here for a quiz or an examination, let me know
ahead of time. Very often, I can make arrangement for you to take the
examination or quiz before the scheduled time. If you miss the final
examination, you will need to get permission from the OSSA, also see the
information included above.
The classroom is a learning community.
As such respect for each other must always be maintained. Certain
behaviors are considered disrespectful while others are considered
disruptive. We will adopt the following community rule of behavior
concerning electronic devices:
Cell phone/Smartphone and/or pager, MP3 players:
Laptop computer, ipad, or other similar devices:
expected to attend all classes at their scheduled time and be responsible
for all assigned materials. Students who have to miss class or
assignments because of official university activities, e.g.,
student-athlete, must inform me in writing prior to the event so that
special arrangement could be made.
|Students with disabilities:||
Students who may need special accommodations should contact
me as early as possible in the semester. Students should also have
contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) to verify their
eligibility for special accommodations. Please visit
CSD for more information.
|Cheating and plagiarism:||You are,
of course, encouraged to discuss your assignments with other students.
However, any work that you turn in for grade must represent your own
independent work. Anyone who violates this policy will be dealt with
according to the
Student Code of the University, which may be found on the website of the
Division of Student Affairs. Pay special attention to Appendix A: Academic
Integrity in Undergraduate Education and Research. If you have any
questions, check with me. This is the only reminder that you will
Course objectives, outline, and schedule
After the two introductory chapters (chapters 1 – 2) and the last concluding chapter (chapter 17), the course is divided into three core areas; Factor Accumulation (chapters 3 – 6); Productivity (chapters 7 – 11); and Fundamentals (chapters 12 – 16). We will cover all the mentioned chapters, but not all will be covered in the same depth. There are many "boxed" articles throughout the textbook. They are relatively short and are designed to supplement the lecture materials. I mostly do not cover the "boxed" articles. You are, however, responsible for all the "boxed" articles whether or not they are discussed in class.
|At the end of this course, you
will be able to:
1. Describe how differences in factors of production, and population growth rate contribute to differences in GDP per capita
2. Explain how technology and efficiency can cause differences in the pace of economic growth
3. Explain the role of the governement and culture play in economic growth
4. Discuss and explain how exogenous factors such as location, climate, and natural resources can impact economic growth
I. Introduction to Growth Economics
Chapters 1 and 2
II. Factor Accumulation
Chapter 3, 1st quiz
Chapters 3, 4
Class note on Solow's Model
Chapter 5, 2nd quiz
Chapter 6, 7, 3rd quiz
Mid-semester examination (chapters 1 - 7)
|10/15 - 10/17:||
Chapters 8, 9
Chapters 10, 11 4th quiz
Chapter 11, 12
Chapter 13 5th quiz
Chapters 14, 15 (pp. 450 - end of chapter)
Chapter 16, 6th quiz
|11/25 - 11/29:||
Chapters 16, 17
Tentative final examination date: Friday, December 13
Last revised in August, 2013