M.A. Development Economics and International Co-operation - Mesci

Tor Vergata University of Rome

Application deadline: June 15 (non-EU students) ; August 30 (EU students)
Tuition fee:
  • € 5,900 / Year (EEA)
  • € 5,900 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 60 ECTS
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Master In Development Economics and International Co-operation (MESCI)is a one year international Masters (M2 level) programme (60 credits) in development economics and public policy at the School of Economics of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. The programme, which is taught in English, provides a solid grounding in the most recent economic theory in micro- and macroeconomics, as well as in econometrics and statistics. This intensive Masters aims to equip students with an in-depth understanding of economic development issues, as well as with analytical skills and methods for applied research on poverty, inequality, labour, credit, environmental and trade issues.

MESCI is targeted to students and young professionals pursuing, or intending to embark on careers in international organizations, public and private companies engaged in international activities and non-governmental organizations. Since its inception, this programme has enjoyed international recognition and attracts students worldwide. Students from the following countries have taken part in the programme: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Central Africa, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, El Salvador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Ghana, Greece, Holland, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Mission of Mesci

The MESCI - Master in Development Economics and International Co-operation - aims at training specialists in developing economics and in international cooperation who will be able to operate in both the public and private sector. The intent is to provide the student with the necessary skills to prepare, analyse and direct co-operation programs and projects for the promotion of growth in developing countries. Furthermore students of MESCI will also be prepared to support the internationalisation activities of businesses to be set up in developing countries. These skills will include
  • Economic, institutional and social problems – and their interdependence – which characterise developing countries, and the political policies necessary to tackle them;
  • Techniques for the formulation, analysis and the ex ante and the ex post evaluation of cooperation programmes and projects regarding the promotion of growth and the problems of their management;
  • Rules and practices governing access to the markets in developing countries, the localization of activities for the production of goods and services in these countries, the development of partnerships with local businesses, and the integration of these markets in the process of globalization.


At the end of the programme, an internship can be undertaken at one of the businesses, NGOs, Institutions, national and international bodies involved in international cooperation activities in developing countries. Some of the internships opportunities will be dealt directly through the Programme coordinator; they are strictly related to the student’s profile and internship requirements. Students will have to present a final report related to their internship programme.


a.y. 2013/2014


Mod. I

  • Mathematics 16
  • Statistics 16
  • Stata workshop and tests 20

Paolo Paesani - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
Francesco Manaresi - Bank of Italy
Joanna Kopinska- University of Rome “Tor Vergata”

Mod. II

  • Microeconomics 24
  • Macroeconomics 24
  • Econometrics 24

Paolo Paesani - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
Alessandro Piergallini - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
Giuseppe Vittucci - University of Milan Bicocca

Mod. III

  • Insurance, microfinance and credit markets 12
  • Welfare, Inequality and Poverty: Theory, Measurement and Estimation 24
  • Economic Growth 20

Leonardo Becchetti - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
Giovanni Vecchi - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
Barbara Annicchiarico - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”


Mod. IV

  • Planning techniques and implementation procedures of development projects 20
  • Project and programme evaluation 24
  • Impact Evaluation for Evidence-Based Policy in Development 24

Matteo Scaramella - ABATON
Abdel Talaat Malek - American University of Cairo
Daniele Pacifico - Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies

Mod. V

  • Labour Economics 12
  • The economics of child labour 8
  • Gender and Development 16
  • Health Economics in Developing countries 12
  • Principles, methods and techniques of Aid evaluation and the Project Cycle Management approach 12

Elisabetta Olivieri - Bank of Italy
Furio Rosati - ILO, UNICEF and World Bank - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
Lorenzo Guarcello - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
Annalisa Rosselli - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
Gretchen Bloom, Women's Empowerment & Gender Equality Expert in International Development & Humanitarian Assistance
Vincenzo Atella - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
Matteo Scaramella - ABATON

Mod. VI

  • Governance and Corruption in developing Countries 12
  • Economic Growth, Sustainable Development and Climate Change 16
  • Agricultural Economics 12
  • Economics and spatial development: methods and analysis 16

Bernard Gauthier - University of Montreal
Alessio D’Amato - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
To be confirmed
Guldem Ozatagan - Izmir Institute of Technology


  • International Trade theory and growth 12
  • International Trade policy - Protectionism and free trade 12
  • Exchange Rate Theory and Open Economy; Financial Crisis, Debt and Macroeconomic Adjustment 20

Dominick Salvatore - Fordham University, New York
Adel Beshai - American University Of Cairo
José Aixala - University of Zaragoza


  • Fair trade and sustainable development 12

Inequality and public goods 16 To be confirmed
Leonardo Becchetti - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
To be confirmed

MESCI Alumni Seminars 8


Visit to FAO
Visit to IFAD
Visito to WFP

Total 420


The Teaching Staff of MESCI is composed of professors from the School of Economics of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, professors from other Italian and foreign universities, researchers and experts from institutions, bodies and firms operating in the fields of development economics and international cooperation.

The Teaching Staff are:

  • Jose AIXALA - University of Zaragoza, Spain
  • Barbara ANNICCHIARICO - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • Vincenzo ATELLA - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • Leonardo BECCHETTI - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Adel BESHAI - American University of Cairo
  • Gretchen BLOOM - Women's Empowerment & Gender Equality Expert in International Development & Humanitarian Assistance
  • Bernard GAUTHIER - Institut d' économie appliquée HEC, Montréal
  • Lorenzo GUARCELLO - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Alessio D’AMATO - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • Joanna KOPINSKA - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Francesco MANARESI - Bank of Italy
  • Elisabetta OLIVIERI - Bank of Italy
  • Daniele PACIFICO - Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies
  • Paolo PAESANI - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Luigi PAGANETTO - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Alessandro PIERGALLINI - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Furio Camillo ROSATI - International Program Director Understanding Children's Work Italy - ILO, UNICEF and World Bank - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Annalisa ROSSELLI - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Dominick SALVATORE - Fordham University, New York
  • Matteo SCARAMELLA - Director ABATON
  • Talaat ABDEL MALEK - American University of Cairo
  • Giovanni TRIA - University of Rome "Tor Vergata" - SSPA Director
  • Giuseppe VITTUCCI - University of Milan Bicocca
  • Giovanni VECCHI - Universiy of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Marco ZUPI - CESPI and Roskilde University Centre, Denmark


Candidates are required to possess the following requisites:

  • - Italian university degree (obtained at the latest by autumn 2013) or an equivalent degree from a foreign university. The administrative board of the course will assess the value of foreign degrees.
  • - A strong interest in studying development economics and international cooperation issues.
  • - A good knowledge of English (which can be confirmed by a written certificate). In the absence of the latter the candidate will be requested to sit an oral and written test.

The first 2 modules of the programme provides an introduction and an elaboration of concepts in microeconomics and macroeconomics. These aim both to provide some basic training for students without an academic background in those subjects and to consolidate the understanding of students who do. Students without an economics/mathematics background should be aware of the fact that the study of these subjects will imply relevant additional efforts from their side.

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