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Melissa A Knox
ECON 448
Seattle Campus

Population and Development

Survey of topics in population economics, including history of thought, demographic experience of currently developing countries, household production models, fertility demand, quantity-quality models of fertility, mortality, health and nutrition, migration, macroeconomic-demographic linkages. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in ECON 300.

Class description

We cover topics surrounding economic development and its effect on population growth. We especially focus on the role of income growth on household decisions such as marriage, fertility, parental investments in children, and migration.

Student learning goals

1. Students should be able to identify salient issues in population and international economic development.

2. Students should be able to analyze economic models relevant to these issues.

3. Students should be able to comment on magazine articles and review articles in economic journals dealing with population and development, explaining and expanding upon the economic analysis they contain.

General method of instruction

This course will be approximately half lecture and half discussion. Occasionally, we will break into groups to examine, and form a deeper understanding of, the material. Students are expected to be familiar with the course readings at every meeting and to provide comments and questions relevant to the topic.

Recommended preparation

Intermediate microeconomics is a required prerequisite. It is also recommended that students have some exposure to data analysis, especially regression analysis.

Class assignments and grading

This class is very reading and writing intensive. Students will be asked to read for every class, and class participation will be graded. The assignments are small papers, and the exams are mostly essay questions.

Grades will be based on students' ability to demonstrate that they read and understood the assigned texts.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Melissa A Knox
Date: 12/30/2011