Seminar: Economic Growth

Course content

This seminar is concerned with theories of economic growth in developed countries. Students are asked to investigate in detail, either theoretically or empirically, one of the topics covered by the course of the same name, Economic Growth, offered in the spring.

Examples of topics are endogenous growth, misallocation, technology diffusion, inequality and growth, and the recent productivity slowdown. The full list of topics covered by the course can be found in the course decription of Economic Growth.


MSc programme in Economics

The seminar is primarily for students at the MSc of Economics

Learning outcome

A successful seminar paper either 1) extends an existing theoretical model of economic such that it is able to replicate a stylized fact that it could not explain previously, 2) empirically tests an existing theory of economic growth using new data or new methodologies, or 3) uses models of economic growth to shed light on an ongoing policy debate.

Possible topics are (but not limted to): Competition and growth, growth effects of R&D investments, secular stagnation, misallocation, trade and growth, economic empact of climate change, inequality and growth,  is growth measured correctly, and why is productvity higher in the US than in Europe?


Planning/start-up meeting, research and writing process of the seminar paper, sessions with presentation of own paper and critical evaluation/feedback to another student´s paper, actively participating in discussions at class.

Before the session a "so-finalized-as-possible"-draft of the paper must be uploaded in Absalon. After the presentations, the student submit an edited version of the paper in the Digital Exam portal as the final exam paper. The aim is that students use the presentation sessions as an opportunity to receive and use the constructive feedback to improve the paper.

Recommended literature corresponds to the syllabus of the companion course Economic Growth: The main text book is Barro and Sala-i-Martin (2004): Economic Growth.


It is highly recommended to have followed the course Economic Growth before enrolling in the seminar.

• Planning meeting: 4th of September 2017 10-12
• Teaching: 1 or 2 Mondays in September 10-12
• Deadline commitmentpaper: In agreement with the lecturer and not later than 1st of October.
• Deadline of pre-paper uploaded to Absalon: One week before presentations
• Presentations/Workshops: Date made in agreement at the planning meeting

Individual supervision meetings will be organized with each group during the semester to discuss the progress of the work and potential problems.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
- a seminar paper in English that meets the formal requirements for written papers stated in the curriculum and at KUNet for seminars.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

The student must in a satisfactory way demonstrate that he/she has mastered the learning outcome of the course and the objectives stated in the Curriculum.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 20
  • Project work
  • 186
  • English
  • 206