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

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The Development Economics and International Co-operation - Mesci from Tor Vergata University of Rome aims at training specialists in developing economics and in international cooperation who will be able to operate in both the public and private sector.
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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 Tor Vergata University of Rome. 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.

Mission of Mesci

The Development Economics and International Co-operation - Mesci 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 Development Economics and International Co-operation - 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.

The market for development economists remains strong: international organizations, universities, research institutions, business firms, government and non-government agencies have numerous openings, and graduates of high-quality post-graduate programs such as MESCI are competitively positioned in finding highly rewarding positions.

During recent years, Development Economics and International Co-operation - Mesci students have been accepted at OECD, WFP, UNDP, FAO, IFAD, ILO, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italian Trade Commission and other prestigious organizations. Many foreign students return to their native countries and take important public, private, and university positions.


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.

Programme Structure



  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Stata workshop and tests
  • Econometrics


  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics


  • Insurance, microfinance and credit markets
  • Welfare, inequality and poverty: theory, measurement and estimation
  • Economic growth


  • Planning techniques and implementation procedures of development projects
  • Project and programme evaluation
  • Impact evaluation for evidence-based policy in development


  • Labour Economics
  • The economics of child labour
  • Education for development
  • Challenges to urban development in Southern cities
  • Gender and development
  • Health Economics in developing countries


  • Governance and corruption in developing countries
  • Sustainable development, environment and climate change
  • Food security, food price crisis, and the role of information
  • Managing rural development


  • International trade theory and growth
  • International trade policy - Protectionism and free trade
  • Exchange rate theory and open economy; financial crisis, debt and macroeconomic adjustment


  • Fair trade and sustainable development
  • Economics of conflicts


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.


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

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  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Partnership
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Full-time

Academic Requirements

Candidates are required to possess the following requisites:
  • Italian university degree (obtained at the latest by autumn 2016) 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 5900 International
  • EUR 5900 EU/EEA

Tuition fee in the amount of 5.900,00€ is to be paid in 2 installments:

  • 3.146,00€ (including revenue stamp of 16.00€ and 130€ of A3 size final certificate) at registration upon acceptance into the Programme
  • the remaining 2.900,00€
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