ECON 4008 - International Trade IV (H)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code ECON 4008 Course International Trade IV (H) Coordinating Unit School of Economics Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites ECON 2506 , ECON 2507 OR ECON 3506 Restrictions Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Economics (Honours) program Course Description This course seeks to provide the tools necessary to obtain a clear understanding of what determines the way international trade patterns evolve through time as economies grow. That requires drawing on and strengthening our knowledge of (a) trade theories, (b) the economics and political economy of foreign trade and investment policies, and (c) quantitative modelling of global trade flows.
Course Coordinator: Emeritus Professor Kym AndersonDr Jagath Dissanayake
Location: Room 4.41, 10 Pulteney Street
Telephone: 8313 4501
Office hours for students: 5.30-6.30pm Wednesdays
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThis course seeks to improve our understanding of the economic effects of countries engaging in international trade in goods, services, capital, labour and technologies. That understanding is useful in its own right, but it also sheds light on the reasons behind governments choosing to limit some of those cross-border flows. The open-economy, general equilibrium (economy wide) focus of the course is also helpful in other fields of economics including public finance, environmental and resource economics, agricultural or other industry/sector economics, and the economics of politics. The course assumes students have the basic toolkit of microeconomics and trade theory from International Trade III or an equivalent level III trade subject, which will be built on and applied to analyse contemporary trade and trade-related policy issues.
The specific course learning objectives are:
1) To understand what determines trade patterns, by exploring various trade theories
2) To understand the links between trade and economic development
3) To analyse the economic impacts of trade policies, including via global economic models
4) To survey arguments for and against trade-distorting policies
5) To understand the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and preferential trading agreements
6) To develop students’ abilities to interact with the lecturer and each other in discussing trade-related economic issues
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3,4,5,6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3,4,5,6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,4,6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3
Required ResourcesNo one textbook is required
Recommended ResourcesA reading list of papers available on MyUni will be provided at the start of and during 2nd semester
Online LearningA reading list of papers available on MyUni will be provided at the start of 2nd semester and revised as needed during the semester. The PPT file used in each lecture will be uploaded on MyUni after each lecture.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudent participation in lectures is actively encouraged in the form of questions, comments and discussion.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.In addition to the two 2-hour classes each week, students are expected to spend an additional 8 hours each week studying the required readings in advance of and then again following each lecture.
Learning Activities SummaryLecture Topics
1. Introduction and why do countries trade?
2. Heckscher-Ohlin-Samuelson and specific factors models with just two goods
3. Krueger/Deardorff combination of those two models
4. The theory of gravity model and empirics
5. The roles of increasing returns, monopolistic competition, and firm heterogeneity and supply chains
6. Political economy of trade policy (theory)
7. Political economy of trade policy (empirical papers)
8. Policy patterns across countries
9. Why do countries restrict trade, and differently at different development stages?
10. Policy week (dates are subject to change)
11. WTO and preferential trade agreements
12. There will be student presentations of research papers followed by student lecture discussions
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Assessment SummaryMid-semester test: 30% (in a class in late August or early September).
Final Exam: 70%
Assessment DetailAssessment marks prior to the final exam may be displayed on the course website through MyUni. Students are encouraged to check their marks and notify the lecturer-in-charge of any discrepancies.
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