• Offered by Research School of Economics
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics, International Business

Why countries trade in the first place? How large is international trade and what are the main directions of international trade? What is the right way to measure the international trade? How and by whom international trade is regulated? What are the welfare consequences of international trade? How international trade affects individual firms and industries? Why some firms decide to export? What is the impact of government policies on trade volumes and welfare, and what are the best policies? These are just some of the questions we will answer in this International Economics class by combining modern models of international trade and latest empirical research. In addition, we will work on building mathematical, statistics, and econometrics skills that are necessary to conduct independent research in international economics. We will also study the main sources of historical trade data, tariff data and will learn how to use these sources to obtain information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completion of the course, students should be able to: 
• Analyse the determinants, patterns and effects of international trade within a general equilibrium framework, where the interrelationships amongst product and factor markets in an economy are explicitly taken into consideration.
• Describe theoretical models in international economics and apply these theories to the real world issues.
• Explain the effect of government policies in international economics.
• Distinguish between the efficiency implications and distributional consequences of trade and trade policy.
•  Understand the role of politics in trade and vice versa.
• Assess the costs and benefits of trade policy from an economic point of view.

Other Information

This course is for intending Economics IV Honours students and other students who want a greater level of challenge, a more extensive treatment of the theory of international trade than is possible in the pass course and, particularly, an introduction to the use of general equilibrium analysis and its quantitative application in the context of trade models.

Information presented here should be read in parallel with ECON3103 International Economics (P).

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

  • A mandatory mid semester examination - 40%
  • 3-3.5 hour final exam - 60%


  • Two home assignments - 20%
  • A mandatory mid semester examination - 30%
  • 3-3.5 hour final exam - 50%


  • Presentation - 30%
  • A mandatory mid semester examination - 30%
  • 3-3.5 hour final exam - 40%

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Lectures and tutorials as for the pass course plus one additional honours lecture per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed either ECON2101 Microeconomics 2 (P) or ECON2111 Microeconomics 2 (H); and either ECON2102 Macroeconomics 2 (P) or ECON2112 Macroeconomics 2 (H).

Prescribed Texts

As for the pass course, with additional journal article references and web materials.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are advised to have basic preparation in statistics and econometrics. In particular, students are suggested to have some skills in regression analysis and general understanding of binary choice models as well as of the maximum likelihood estimation method at the level of the undergraduate statistics/econometrics class.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3414
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4790 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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