Introducing a Module on the Economics of Poverty and Inequality

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To the Economics department at the University of Manchester,

We, the undersigned, express our interest in seeing the introduction of a full and credited module on the economics of poverty and inequality. 

Considerations of the economics of poverty and inequality are irrefutably important, and indeed are growing ever more so. The path-breaking work of Thomas Piketty, Anthony Atkinson, Angus Deaton, and Joseph Stiglitz (who chairs the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester) serve to remind us of this. We consequently believe that the content of this module is of great importance and interest to the student body, and should be available to select at some stage in the economics undergraduate curriculum.

If introduced, the module should include some (if not all) of the following:

Content:

-  An introduction to the problems of poverty and inequality and their varied dimensions (income, health, education),

-  Discussion of the varying ways of measuring inequality and poverty with application to real-world cases,

-  An introduction to the patterns of inequality and poverty and their historical dimensions,

-  An international perspective on the issue of inequality and different ways of dealing with it around the world,

-  Considerations made towards the societal implications of poverty and inequality,

-  The varying policy options or ‘policy-mixes’ to help tackle poverty and inequality.

Assessment:

- Written evaluative piece or presentation,

- Critical quantitative analysis and interpretation of relevant data.  

The Post-Crash Economics Society and the wider body of those undersigned believe that the Department has the resources and intellectual capacity to see that such a module is made available. In light of departmental concerns and recommendations, we think there is ample content in this area to make a complete module and think it would not suffice to incorporate this content within existing modules or a wider development economics framework.

The important component of critical evaluation within this module would go some way to tackling the shortage of real-world application that is evident within the existing curriculum. Consequently, given the importance of the content of this module and the interest that has been expressed by the undersigned, we urge the Department to consider pursuing the implementation of a full credited module on the economics of poverty and inequality. 

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