ECON 4008 - International Trade IV (H)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
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 and 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: Dr Benedikt HeidDr Benedikt Heid
Location: Room 4.08, 10 Pulteney Street
Telephone: 831 34930
Office hours for students: 11-12am Fridays
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesResearch in international trade focusses on the determinants and consequences of globalization: Do consumers and workers benefit from trade liberalization? Why do countries sign trade agreements and how do they affect trade flows? How do firms react to increasing competition? What is the optimal level of tariffs? Which firms lose from globalization, and which ones profit from it? Why do multinational enterprises exist?
This course seeks to improve our understanding of the economic effects of globalization and give answer to these questions.
The course will focus both on current theoretical and empirical research in international trade with a clear general equilibrium (economy wide) focus. This approach 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.
After completing this course, students will be able to analyze current issues in international trade with analytical rigor. This is essential for both trade policy consulting for governments and the private sector as well as for understanding current research papers in international trade as a preparation for a PhD.
The course assumes students have the basic toolkit of microeconomics and trade theory from undergraduate courses, which will be built on and applied to analyse contemporary trade and trade-related policy issues.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Describe the most important theories used in the academic literature to explain observed trade patterns using formal mathematical analysis. 2 Sketch the interaction between different stylized facts of international trade patterns and the development of theories which try to explain these stylized facts. 3 Apply trade theories to describe the effects of trade liberalization policies and to critically evaluate current trade policy discussions. 4 Identify and reflect upon the individual contributions of important research papers in international trade and constructively criticize their shortcomings. 5 Have improved their communication skills through presenting their work and by interacting during tutorial sessions and discussions in class. 6 Describe the most commonly used econometric techniques in current international trade research.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1-6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-4, 6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1-3, 5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThe course will be mostly based on the following text book:
Robert C. Feenstra (2016): Advanced International Trade. Theory and Evidence. Second Edition. Princeton University Press.
In addition, papers published in academic journals related to the material covered in class will be linked to on myuni.
Recommended ResourcesAlternative graduate-level textbooks are:
Dixit, A.K. and Norman, V. (1980): Theory of International Trade. Cambridge Economic Handbooks.
Krugman, Paul R. and Helpman, Elhanan (1985): Market Structure and Foreign Trade Increasing Returns, Imperfect Competition, and the International Economy. MIT Press.
Note that these textbooks do not cover the more recent developments which we will discuss in class but are perfectly fine for the old classics.
To recapitulate the most important concepts in international trade at an undergraduate level, students are advised to consult any of the following books:
Feenstra, Robert C. and Taylor, Alan M. (2014): International Economics. Third Edition. Worth Macmillan.
Krugman, Paul R., Obstfeld, Maurice and Melitz, Marc J. (2015): International Economics. Theory and Policy. Tenth Edition. Pearson.
McLaren, John (2013): International Trade. Wiley.
A good intermediate trade textbook (more formal than the above but less formal than Feenstra (2016) is:
Marrewijk, Charles van (2012): International Economics. Theory, Application, and Policy. Second Edition. Oxford University Press.
Finally, a very nice short and non-mathematical summary of international trade for a general interest audience is:
Helpman, Elhanan (2011): Understanding Global Trade. Belknap Harvard.
If you want to refresh your microeconomics knowledge, I recommend these books:
Varian, Hal R. (2006): Intermediate Microeconomics. Seventh Edition. Norton.
Varian, Hal R. (1992): Microeconomic Analysis. Third Edition. Norton.
If you want to refresh your math knowledge, I recommend this book:
Sydsaeter, Knut, Hammond, Peter, Strom, Arne and Carvajal, Andrés (2016): Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis. Fifth Edition. Pearson.
Online LearningThe slides used in each lecture will be uploaded on MyUni after each lecture. Additional links to papers will also be put on MyUni
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 Summary
Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes Lectures 1-4, 6 Tutorials 1-6
tentative time table
week topic chapter 1 Trade due to technological differences: Ricardo model 1 2 Trade due to endowment differences: Heckscher-Ohlin-Samuelson model 2 3 Trade between similar countries: Krugman model and monopolistic competition 5 4-5 Estimating trade costs and the effects of trade agreements: the gravity equation 5 6 Technology differences revisited: Eaton-Kortum model, a Ricardian model for the 21st century 6 7 Trade policy I: Import tariffs 8 8 Trade policy II: import quotas as an example of non-tariff barriers 9 9 Heterogeneous firms and within-industry adjustments of trade liberalization 6 10-11 Trade in intermediate inputs and trade in tasks: offshoring 4 12 Multinationals and organization of the firm: exports vs. FDI 12
Note: This table is subject to change at the discretion of the lecturer, depending on the general progress during class as well as student feedback.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceGiven the small number in this course, every class period will involve student participation in discussion.
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30% 1-4, 6 Assignments continuous 20% 1-6 Final Exam Week TBA 50% 1-4, 6 Total 100%
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