- Code ECON4415
- Unit Value 6 units
Why do countries trade with each other? How, why and by whom is international trade regulated? What are the welfare consequences of international trade? How does international trade affect individual firms, consumers, workers and industries? Why do some firms decide to export but not others? What is the impact of government policies on trade and welfare, and what are the best policies? Is a tariff war “easy to win”? What are the welfare effects of preferential trading arrangements between countries? What does the WTO do? What determines currency exchange rates and is a low or high dollar a good thing? Is monetary and fiscal policy more or less effective in an open economy than in a closed one? These are some of the questions we might consider in this class.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the basic models of international economics and the analytical tools that economists use to analyze international economic interactions;
- demonstrate an understanding of the tools taught in class and be able to recognise their application to the analysis of real world fact situations;
- construct theoretical models of international economics related phenomena and manipulate them;
- read and understand the gist of professional articles in the field of international trade.
- Assessment will be based on a combination of Problem Sets, quizzes, a class presentation, a midterm exam, a final exam and participation in online and in-class exercises, where not all of these elements will necessarily receive a non-zero weight in any given semester. (100) [LO null]
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Students in this class will share two lectures and a tutorial per week with ECON3103 and a further lectorial per week. Students are expected to spend roughly 10 hours a week on this course, on average across the semester.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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course assumes a good knowledge of intermediate macroeconomics and more
advanced microeconomics. It will also be assumed that students are reasonably
familiar with mathematical tools and intermediate statistics. No other prior
knowledge will be assumed.
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