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2014/2015  BA-BHAAV6009U  Economic Growth and Decline of Firms, Industries and Nations

English Title
Economic Growth and Decline of Firms, Industries and Nations

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Battista Severgnini - Department of Economics (ECON)
Administration: Ida Lyngby - il.eco@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
Last updated on 29-04-2014
Learning objectives
Upon the end of the course, the student will be able to:
  • Analyze the determinants of economic growth both from a micro and a macro economic perspective.
  • Describe and rationalize the main assumptions behind growth models and relate them with the theories formulated in political science, business and international relations.
  • Analyze the impact of economic development and crises, or changing institutional arrangements on economic events.
  • Evaluate the impact of theory and economic development on corporate and political decision making and strategy, and learn how companies and governments (can) make use of the theoretical concepts.
  • Solve algebraically simple growth models in order to determine the equilibrium of the variables.
  • Describe and illustrate these models, perform policy experiments and interpret verbally what happens when moving from one equilibrium to another.
Course prerequisites
The course requires a basic knowledge of microeconomics and macroeconomics.
4-hour written sit-in exam:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer Term and May/June
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below and the exam plan/guidelines for further information:
  • Allowed calculators
  • Allowed dictionaries
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Course content and structure

The aim of this course is to understand the drivers of economic growth and decline at three different levels: firms, industries and nations. In addition, the students should relate the economic models to the theories and findings of other fields, such as political science, business, and international relations. We will try to answer questions of the type: “Why are some countries rich and other poor?”, “What is the role of human capital in the firms‘ production process?” “Are culture, geography, climate, and natural resources relevant for explaining firms‘ success in a global competition?” “Is income inequality harmful?”
The structure of the course could be divided into three parts. The first part of the course deals with the underlying factors of economic growth, i.e. capital accumulation, human capital and their complementarity and substitution in the production process. The second part will study the role played by productivity, technology and efficiency both at micro and at macro level. Finally, we are going to analyse the fundamentals behind economic growth, i.e. politics, culture, institutions, geography and climate change.  
Outline of the course:

  1.   Economic Growth and decline: an introduction and stylized facts
  2. Machines and Computers: the role of capital in firms
  3. Labor and Human Capital
  4. Productivity, Efficiency and Technological Change
  5. Trade and Growth
  6. The role of the Government
  7. Income inequality and Social Conflicts
  8.  Geography, Climate and Natural Resources
  9. Industrial Revolutions and Institutions.
Teaching methods
Lectures and Exercises.
Expected literature

Weil, David N., Economic Growth, Pearson International Edition, latest edition.
Additional optional readings will be posted on the website of the course.

Last updated on 29-04-2014