Course Syllabus

10 sessions


Nguyễn Trọng Hoài
Ph.D., University of Colombo, Sri-Lanka
Võ Tất Thắng
Ph.D, Australian National University, Australia
Nguyễn Quỳnh Huy
Bùi Duy Tùng
Ph.D, University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Dijon, France


1A Hoang Dieu, Ward 10, Phu Nhuan, HCMC   View map


Finance , MAE

The aim of this course is to introduce and analyse the issues and debates surrounding development
finance, at both a global and local level.
Topics covered in the course include:
• Financial theory as a framework for analysis
• Relationship between finance, growth, development, and poverty alleviation
• Financial repression and liberlization
• Domestic financial system
• External financial system
• Financial crises and debt crises
• The international financial architecture
• Finance and the private sector.
On completion of the programme, students will be able to:
1. Thoroughly understand the role of the financial system and the relationship between financial development and economic development,
2. Applying economic theories to analyze financial sector (instruments, markets, institutions and financial infrastructure), and
3. Effectively analyze the role of government in developing the financial system, as well as requirements and challenges in creating an efficient financial system.

Session 1: An introduction to the financial system

Session 2: Development finance and economic growth

Session 3: Financial repression, liberalization and growth

Session 4: The domestic financial system: an overview

Session 5: Aids and development finance

Session 6: The external financial system (I): characteristics and trends

Session 7: The external financial system (II): debt and financial crises

Session 8: The international finance

Session 9: The international finance

Session 10: Group assigment

Subject marking will be based on the following weightings:

  • Attending 10 %
  • Group report 20 %
  • Individual essay 20 %
  • Final essay 50 %

Session 1

Spratt, S. (2008), Chapter 1: “An introduction to the financial system in theory and in practice”

Session 2

Spratt, S. (2008), Chapter 2: “Finance, poverty, development and growth”

Session 3

Spratt, S. (2008), Chapter 3: “Financial repression, liberalization and growth”

Session 4

Spratt, S. (2008), Chapter 4: “The domestic financial system: an overview”

Session 5

Sderbom, M., Teal, F., Eberhardt, M., Quinn, S., & Zeitlin, A. (2014). Modelling the effects of aid and the determinants of growth

Session 6

Spratt, S. (2008), Chapter 6: “Reforming the domestic financial system: options and issues ”

Session 7

Spratt, S. (2008), Chapter 7: “The external financial system (II): debt and financial crises”

Session 8

Neumayer, E., & Spess, L. (2005). Do bilateral investment treaties increase foreign direct investment to developing countries? World Development, 33(10), 15671585.

Session 9

Soysa, I. de, & Neumayer, E. (2005). False Prophet, or Genuine Savior? Assessing the Effects of Economic Openness on Sustainable Development, 198099. International Organization, 59(3), 731772.

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