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Martens, André

Honorary Professor


  • Telephone 514-343--611 #42834 Pav. PAV.M.CARON-L.GROULX-3200 J.B. \ Ext. C-6050-2
Martens, André


I have been teaching development economics for many years now, and have conducted numerous research and consultation missions to a large number of developing countries.

In recent years I have noted that university textbooks in development economics have become thicker and thicker and also more and more expensive for students. In addition, these textbooks are often outdated by the time they are published, owing to events or new research findings. In my teaching I have gradually replaced these textbooks with papers from scientific journals or specialized texts. None the less, one needs at least minimal knowledge of the basic concepts and their content, sources of data, measurement and statistical processing methods, the underlying formalization and modelling techniques or, simply, the issues considered, to able to get something out of these papers and texts.

So I decided to offer a free series of short Web-based articles, with the goal of briefly presenting this required background knowledge. I dubbed them - a bit immodestly - Professor Marten's backgrounders (Les notes de repère du professeur Martens). They are intended for development economics students seeking up-to-date basic knowledge as well as for teachers looking to provide their students with the theoretical and empirical grounding they need in order properly study the specialized texts from the list of readings in their curriculum. This approach has a two-fold advantage. On the one hand, the backgrounders can quickly be updated to reflect new facts and statistics, new issues and new analytical concepts and techniques and the publication of recent research findings. They can also be improved in response to comments by readers (at andre.martens@umontreal.ca). The work of preparing these backgrounders, numbered I, II, III, etc., is just beginning, since I started in November 2005. New backgrounders will be added regularly. They may be downloaded individually or as a group; each one indicates the month and year of the latest version.

I hope you will find them useful in your studies and teaching.

Areas of expertise


• « La finance islamique : Fondements, théorie et réalité », L’Actualité économique, 77(4), décembre 2001, 1-24.

• La politique économique du développement et les modèles d’équilibre général calculable, Collection Universités francophones, Presses de l’Université de Montréal, Montréal, 2001(avec B. Decaluwé et L. Savard).

• Le cadre comptable macréoconomique et les pays en développement, Éditions Hurtubise HMH Ltée

(Montréal), Eddif (Casablanca), Karthala (Paris), Ceda (Abidjan)

et Djamana (Bamako), 1996 (avec B. Decaluwé).

• « CGE Modeling and Developing Economies : A Concise Empirical Survey of 73 Applications to 26 Countries », Journalof Policy Modeling 10(4), 1988, 529-568 (avec B. Decaluwé).

• L'économie des pays arabes, Éditions Economica, Paris, novembre 1983.