Teaching at the Institute of Development and Agricultural Economics

The institute's courses include lectures and seminars from the areas of “Economics of Developing Countries and Global Food Security”. These include both, basics and applied courses such as “Planning and Evaluation of Development Projects” or events with a regional focus such as “African or Asian Economies”. Some of the courses are also aimed at students from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, such as “Economics of Bioproduction”. 

COURSES IN THE CURRENT SEMESTER

  • Winterterm 2021/2022

    Bachelor Wirtschaftswissenschaft, PO 2017

    Volkswirtschaftslehre IV

    • Economics of Development and Environment (270178)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Di. 11:00 - 12:30 | VII-201Grote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      The course introduces the students into important fundamental economic aspects of development, environment and trade. It provides an overview of socioeconomic and demographic developments and world-wide trends (urbanization, digitalisation) which characterize the globalizing world. It focuses on environmental concepts and terms (e.g. externalities, public goods, optimal pollution). Economic growth theories for development and poverty concepts are discussed next to sustainability concepts or footprints. Interlinkages between development and environmental issues are clearly identified and analysed. International framework conventions and organisations in charge of both development and environment are briefly introduced.

      Literatur:

      Selected articles will be provided during the course.

      Bemerkungen:

      Erwartete Vorkenntnisse: Modules of the first two terms; fair command of English language: the students should have a basic understanding of microeconomic theory. They are free to choose the language – English or German – in the exam.

    Kompetenzbereiche Betriebs- und Volkswirtschaftslehre

    • Seminar Development and Environmental Economics (273004)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      BlockveranstaltungGrote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      Das Seminar ist eine Gemeinschaftsveranstaltung für Studierende des Faches Entwicklungsökonomik und der beiden ökonomischen Prüfungsfächer im Studium Gartenbauwissenschaften. Die Studierenden sollen zu einem Thema einen 20 minütigen Vortrag halten, der anschließend diskutiert wird. Für die erfolgreiche Teilnahme (Hausarbeit, Vortrag, regelmäßige Teilnahme an der Diskussion) wird ein Schein erteilt.

      Literatur:

      Wird themenabhängig bekannt gegeben.

      Bemerkungen:

      Der Termin der Vorbesprechung wird in Stud.IP bekannt gegeben, weitere Informationen werden dort ebenso zur Verfügung gestellt.

      Prüfer: Prof. Dr. Grote, Prof. Dr. Waibel

    Master Wirtschaftswissenschaft, PO 2018

    Area International Environment and Development Studies

    • Seminar Asian Economies (377000)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      BlockveranstaltungGrote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      In a written assignment, students will be given a topic of current economic issues relating to European Asian economic relations. They will prepare an essay of some 10 pages following the format of a seminar paper. The topics will be given at the beginning of the course and students will present their papers during the second half of the course. The aim of the assignments is to generate a more in-depth understanding of

      • the analysis of development strategies taken by selected Asian countries
      • economic structure and institutional settings that have facilitated the economic success of these countries
      • economic relationships to European countries and how these relationships have influenced the growth of their economies.
    • Data Collection (377005)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Do. 12:45 - 14:15 | III-115Seegers, Seewald, Wendt
      Inhalt:

      The course will provide in-depth knowledge on the design and the organization of surveys for collecting representative household data in emerging market economies; main topics include: sampling design, interview techniques, questionnire design, data cleaning and use of secondary data.

    • Project Planning and Evaluation (377006)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Mi. 12:45 - 14:15 | I-301Waibel, Weyori
      Inhalt:

      Principles and Examples of Cost Benefit Analyses of Development Projects; Examples from Agriculture, Environment and Health.

      Literatur:
      • Brent, R. (1998) Cost Benefit analysis for Development Countries, Cheletenahm.
      • Curry S. and J. Weiss (1993) Project Analysis in Developing Countries, Macmillia.
      • Gittinger, J. P. (1982) Economic analysis of Agricultural projects.
      • Little, A. and J. A. Mireless (1980) Project Appraisal and Planning for Developing Countries.
      • Fleischer, G. and H. Waibel (1994) Ansätze zur Erweiterung der Kosten Nutzen Analyse am Beispiel der Bewässerungslandwirtschaft, Köln.
      • Project Evaluation Reports of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank und der Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ).
    • International Business Relations (377008)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Mo. 14:30 - 16:00 | II-013Grote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      The basic idea of the course »International Business Relations« is to link current topics and issues from development economics to the major International Organizations and Agencies in Development Assistance. Development Organisations generally follow different development strategies and theoretical concepts which are not made apparent in conventional textbooks of development economics. However, it becomes increasingly important to understand such connections. Exploring them will make the agenda and interests of development agencies more transparent and allows those engaged in development activities to better understand the arguments and actions forwarded by these agencies. More in detail, the course will be structured into major current development topics like the effectiveness of development assistance; underdevelopment, poverty, and vulnerability; sustainability, food safety and food security; world food crisis and price fluctuations; globalization and trade, and climate change. These topics have been developed, adjusted and shaped by major socio-economic, institutional and political and environmental trends over time. They were taken up by different international organisations and agencies like the United Nations System, the World Bank, the Regional Development Banks, the World Trade Organisation, the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation, private sector organisations including the German Technical Agency (GIZ), or non-governmental organizations. As major objectives of the course, the students will (i) get familiarized with the major players in development assistance, (ii) learn about the development strategies and conceptual theories, and (iii) discover the connection between development strategies of international organisations and their underlying economic and development theories.

    • Micro- and Macroeconomic Simulation Modeling (377015)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Mi. 14:30 - 16:00 | III-115Gronau, Nöldeke, Ruesink
      Inhalt:

      Simulation models are of high importance for policy-planning, decision-making and scientific analyses. Applications range from business and economy problems to behavioral and impact evaluations. The course provides knowledge about the methodology, design and implementation of different modeling techniques focusing on micro- and macroeconomic simulations. In particular, students deal with the construction and application of optimization, equilibrium, agent-based and econometric models. Hands-on exercises help to familiarize. Finally, students gain useful skills about the GAMS, NetLogo and Stata software. In this way, the course is relevant for business practice, but possibly also for the methodological application in a master thesis.

    • Impact Evaluation (377016)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      BlockveranstaltungSteiner
      Inhalt:

      This class presents the theory and practice behind impact evaluation, which assesses the impact of programs on individual or community outcomes. Many impact evaluations are based on field-based program experiments, often referred to as randomized controlled trials (RCTs). RCTs are unique in that, to be done properly, they need to be incorporated into initial program designs and are extremely complicated to conduct well. In this course, you will learn how to conduct experimental program evaluations, including how to design an appropriate evaluation strategy and work with survey and program staff to ensure that the evaluation is completed as designed. The class will be practical, with theory and examples included throughout.

      Literatur:

      Hempel, Kevin and Nathan Fiala (2012): Measuring Success of Youth Livelihood Interventions. A Practical Guide to Monitoring and Evaluation, World Bank: Washington DC. (available online)

      Glennester, Rachel and Kudzai Takavarasha (2013): Running Randomized Evaluations. A Practical Guide, Princeton University Press.

      Bemerkungen:

      Prüfungsart ist eine Hausarbeit. Genauere Angaben hierzu werden vor Beginn des Lehrveranstaltung auf Stud.IP bekannt gegeben.

    • Colloquium for Graduate and Master Students (377018)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Di. 16:15 - 17:45 (14-tägig) | III-115Grote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      Presentation and critical discussion of proposals and studies from Master Students.

      Bemerkungen:

      Interested participants are requested to register at the secretariat of the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade.

    Mehrere Areas

    • Working with Survey Data (379007)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Mi. 16:15 - 17:45 | I-233Brooks
      Inhalt:

      This course will provide a basic introduction to statistical software package STATA focusing on data cleaning and management, produce summary statistics, tables and graphs and simple linear regression.

      Additionally, you will be introduced to the household panel data from emerging market economies that covers all income generating activities and other important modules relate to rural and development economics.

    Doktorandenkolloquium

    • Seminar International Doctoral Studies (72824)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Di. 16:15 - 17:45 (14-tägig) | III-115Grote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      Studies and progress reports presented by doctoral students will be critically assessed and discussed.

      Bemerkungen:

      Interested participants are requested to register at the secretariat of the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade.

    Nebenfachstudium

    Gartenbau

    • Colloquium for Graduate and Master Students (76463)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Di. 16:15 - 17:45 (14-tägig) | III-115Grote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      Presentation and critical discussion of proposals and studies from Master Students.

      Bemerkungen:

      Interested participants are requested to register at the secretariat of the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade.

    • Seminar International Doctoral Studies (72824)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Di. 16:15 - 17:45 (14-tägig) | III-115Grote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      Studies and progress reports presented by doctoral students will be critically assessed and discussed.

      Bemerkungen:

      Interested participants are requested to register at the secretariat of the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade.

    • Project Planning and Evaluation (76479)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Mi. 12:45 - 14:15 | I-301Waibel, Weyori
      Inhalt:

      Principles and Examples of Cost Benefit Analyses of Development Projects; Examples from Agriculture, Environment and Health.

      Literatur:
      • Brent, R. (1998) Cost Benefit analysis for Development Countries, Cheletenahm.
      • Curry S. and J. Weiss (1993) Project Analysis in Developing Countries, Macmillia.
      • Gittinger, J. P. (1982) Economic analysis of Agricultural projects.
      • Little, A. and J. A. Mireless (1980) Project Appraisal and Planning for Developing Countries.
      • Fleischer, G. and H. Waibel (1994) Ansätze zur Erweiterung der Kosten Nutzen Analyse am Beispiel der Bewässerungslandwirtschaft, Köln.
      • Project Evaluation Reports of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank und der Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ).
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