Economic Growth and Development

By Prof. Rajshree Bedamatta   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 2530
This course engages the student with the much debated theories of growth versus development. The decades following liberalization and globalization have been a period of very high levels of economic inequality. With the focus on issues surrounding inequality, this course will introduce students to the major ideas and theories surrounding the often used and misused concepts of economic growth and economic development. With the help of major concepts used in growth and development economics, a student taking this course will be able to participate in the debate and understand the nuances surrounding the issue of economic development. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG and PG students of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sciences and Engineering
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Concepts of economic growth & development; The Global North & Global South Divide
Week 2: Indices of economic development and contemporary controversies
Week 3: Strategies of economic development-I
Week 4: Strategies of economic development-II
Week 5: Growth and Inequality
Week 6: Introduction to Human Development
Week 7 :Human Development Indices
Week 8: MDGs, SDGs & gender budgeting

Books and references

Adelman, Irma (1961), Theories of Economic Growth and Development, Stanford University Press.
Behrman, J. R., Chenery, Hollis, and T.N. Srinivasan (1995), Handbook of Development Economics, Vol 1 to 3, North Holland.
Ray, Debraj (2009), Development Economics, Oxford University Press, New Delhi.
Todaro, Michael and S. Smith (2009), Economic Development, Pearson.
UNDP (1990), Human Development Report 1990.
UNDP (1995), Human Development Report 1995.
Sen, Amartya (1977), Growth Economics, Selected Readings, Penguin.
Fukudda-Parr, Sakiko and Shiva, Kumar (eds.) (2007), Readings in Human Development, Oxford University Press, New Delhi.
Fukudda-Parr, Sakiko (2003), The Human Development Paradigm: Operationalising Sen’s Ideas on Capabilities, in Feminist Economics, Volume 9 (2-3).
Harris-White, Barbara and J. Heyer (2010), The Comparative Political Economy of Development: Africa and South Asia, Routledge.
Shariff, Abusaleh and M. Krishnaraj (2007), State, Markets and Inequalities, Orient Longman.

Instructor bio

Prof. Rajshree Bedamatta

IIT Guwahati
Rajshree Bedamatta is Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. Her university training is in the discipline of Economics with specialization in Development Economics. She teaches and researches in the broad domains on Development Economics and Public Economics at IIT Guwahati. Her research is on agrarian markets with focus in the domains of food and nutrition, health and education. 

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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