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EC4420 Inequality and Redistribution

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:4.00 pm - 6.00 pm Mon.

The module is designed to foster an understanding of economic inequality both from theoretical and practical perspectives. It mainly aims to convey how economists approach and deal with inequalities of income, wealth and consumption of inequalities of non-income variables such as health or education both between individuals and between social groups such as gender or ethnic groups. How different inequalities are assessed by international institutions such as World Bank and how relevant policies are produced in return are of main concerns of the module. The driving forces of economic inequality and its relation to other economic criteria such as growth are analysed as well from a historical global perspective.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all Economics degrees, Financial Economics, BA (Int Hons) Economics

UG Anti-requisite(s):EC4520, EC4620

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:20 hours of lectures over 11 weeks, 1-hour tutorial (x 5 weeks) plus 1 office hour (x 12 weeks).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 25
  • Guided independent study: 175

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 75%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 25%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework (incl. Class Test 25%) = 50%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr T Cuhadaroglu
Module teaching staff:Dr T Cuhadaroglu