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*The course is provided free of charge!
The course is taught using the case method, together with readings and lectures.
The RAN course is concerned with two key questions: Why are some countries so rich and others so poor? And what can economic policy do to change that? The large disparity in income levels that exists between First World and Third World countries stands as one of the most compelling and important questions for the economics profession.
The case method requires extensive advance preparation by students for each class, which includes readings (cases and textbooks) and research for the final project. A significant part of the course grade is based on class participation.
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The RAN course is the second of the two-course series in the Economic Development Certificate Program offered by the Center.
The RAN course is concerned with two key questions: Why are some countries so rich and others so poor? And what can economic policy do to change that? The large disparity in income levels that exists between First World and Third World countries stands as one of the most compelling and important questions for the economics profession. This interest in economic growth goes beyond mere intellectual curiosity. A good understanding of the process of growth and development is essential before making policy recommendations that could affect the standard of living of people around the world. Arguably, our misunderstanding of this process can and has had adverse consequences for some Third World countries.
The workload for the semester is fairly challenging and expectations will be high. On a weekly basis, the readings that we have assembled involve a mix of both fairly accessible case studies, as well as technical papers.
Pre-requisites: Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Multivariable Calculus, Econometrics.
The Center for Economic Strategy and Competitiveness is concerned with education and research in the fields of economic growth and development, political science and social policy.
The center seeks to promote greater awareness and understanding of these issues in Bulgaria and support educational and research efforts of students in affiliated institutions by appropriate means such as joint certificate programs, seminars, and research grants.
The ultimate aim of the center is to help develop competent and morally engaged leaders who are active contributors to economic strategy research, policy and practice in Bulgaria, the European Union and the world at large.
The center was established in 2008 as an independent non-profit organization.
New applications for admission to qualify for the Program on Economic Growth and Development will be accepted until February 29th, 2020 - 11:59 pm.
The Economic Development Certificate Program offered by the Center comprises of two major courses. Students who successfully complete both courses are awarded a graduate certificate in economic development.
Attending the courses offered by the Center is, and has always been, completely free. All required reading materials – case studies and academic articles, will be freely offered to admitted students in electronic format through the program’s website.
To apply for admission, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Submit a short essay of up to 350 words on the following topic:What are your career aspirations? How will the Center’s program in economic development help you achieve them?
Include academic transcript from all college and university programs you have completed or are enrolled in (Graduates can provide a scanned copy of diploma).
Submit a recent CV.
Please, note that successful applicants must have passed their second college degree year and at the time of application be enrolled in their third (at least) year.
The list with admitted participants for the RAN course will be announced on March 4th, 2020
The first session of the RAN course will be held at 6:30pm on March 5th, 2020 at the America for Bulgaria Hall at the Rectorate Building of Sofia University. Please consult the last year course syllabus for the schedule and reading list.
* Note: we do not need official university transcripts or diplomas; just a student-provided degree list, course list(s) and grades. We may request that some students present official transcripts once they are admitted in the program.
**Note: all submitted files must be in pdf format.
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