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Economic Issues II

  1. Development Economics / 15 contact hrs

    This module will provide a basic analytical treatment of fundamental issues in Development Microeconomics, delivering a general but rigorous knowledge of the role of agents’ behaviors and of the economic-institutional incentives that influence such behaviors. The Lewis model will constitute the conceptual framework for enquiring how the rural sector affects economic development. A Keynesian perspective will be sketched out as well. Emphasis will be put on technological progress and industrialization as keys to development. The Harris-Todaro model will be the benchmark for the analysis of the other side of structural change: urbanization and the birth of the informal sector in highly densely populated urban areas. This model mainly focuses on the arbitrage between urban expected wage and rural wage as the main factor behind mass migration towards cities. Finally, the lectures will deal with countryside organization, landowners-tenants contracts and land reform, analyzing the vicious factors that explain large land holdings and hamper distributional changes that would enhance overall productivity.

  2. Economic Integration and International Cooperation / 15 contact hrs

    This module will move from the analysis of two major scholars in development issues, both from India: R. Kanbur (The Economics of International Aid) and K. Basu (Globalization, poverty, inequality: what is the relation? What can be done?). These papers will provide the framework for opening the debate on two fronts: the aid-economy and its related traps, and the alleged trade-off between poverty and inequality, which might be considered as a mirror of the trade-off between efficiency and equity. The impact of development aid at micro and macro levels will be analysed, trying to evaluate its power in compensating the three traditional gaps suffered by developing countries: the gap in savings, tax revenue and financial stock. Finally, the module will outline the major features of the aid economy in Palestine.

  3. International Development Finance / 15 contact hrs

    This module will be divided into two sections: the first will deal with financial development tools at macro-level, with a specific focus on loans to governments of developing countries by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The differences between these two institutions will be discussed, as well as the conditions to be met in order to be eligible for a loan. Moreover, the first section will address the issue of foreign debt, which represents one of the major burdens on the path of development. In particular, the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative (HIPC) will be presented. The second section will focus on the micro-level of development finance, including micro-credit and micro-finance programs. The origin, features, opportunities and reliability of micro-credit will be discussed, making use of specific case studies. Micro-credit is in continuous expansion and it has been successfully introduced in many different contexts. The growing recognition of its relevance as a grassroots development tool has been recently emphasized by the Nobel Prize awarded to Mohammed Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank.

Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration


Phone: +972-2-2741241
Fax: +972-2-2744440

Dr. Fadi Kattan
Dean of the Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration
MICAD Director / ext. 2445

Victoria Abu Al-Zelof
Program Assistant  / ext. 2427 

Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine