International Economics (F)

Course content

The purpose of the course is to give an introduction to traditional and new trade theories and selected topics in international monetary economics.

 

The course studies causes and consequences of international trade. We seek to answer questions such as:

  • Why do countries trade?
  • What do they trade?
  • Who gains and who loses from trade?
  • What is the impact of trade policy on welfare?

 

The course also considers aspects of the globalization debate:

  • Is wage inequality affected?
  • What are the implications of multinationals and offshoring?
  • How would various policy changes discussed in the news affect trade, welfare and inequality?

 

The class centers on the work horse models of international trade: The Ricardian model, the Heckscher-Ohlin and the Krugman model, but extends on these and discuss modern theories of strategic trade policy. There will be a small number of empirical papers as well.

Education

MSc programme in Economics – elective course

Bacheloruddannelsen i økonomi – Prioriteret valgfag på 3. år (angivet med et p)

The Danish BSc programme in Economics - prioritized elective at the 3rd year (symbolized by ‘p’).

 

The course is part of the Financial line in Economics symbolized by "F".

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student is expected to be able to:

 

Knowledge:

  • Account for why international trade arises.
  • Define and explain trade patterns under perfect and imperfect competition.
  • Account for the extent to which there are welfare gains from trade.

 

Skills:

  • Analyze and calculate how trade affects the beahavious of firms and consumers and how trade affects welfare and inequality.
  • Analyze and calculate how trade policy affectsfirm behaviour and analyze and calculate welfare implications of trade policy

 

Competencies:

  • Convert the material of the class into actionable trade policies
  • Understand, discuss and evaluate current policy proposals in light of the theory presented in the class.

 

Lectures and exercise classes.

  • Brander, J. and P. Krugman (1983), A 'Reciprocal Dumping' Model of International Trade, Journal of International Economics, 15, p. 313-321.
  • Brander, J. and B. Spencer (1985), Export Subsidies and International Market Share Rivalry, Journal of International Economics, 18, p. 83-100.
  • Feenstra, R.C. (2016), Advanced International Trade, Theory and Evidence, 2nd edition, Princeton University Press. Selected parts of chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9.
  • Autor, D; Dorn, D. and Hanson G. Untangling Trade and Technology: Evidence from Local Labour Markets, The Economic Journal, 2015
  • Krugman, P. (1979), Increasing Returns, Monopolistic Competition, and International Trade, Journal of International Economics, 9, p. 467-476.

 

Micro- and macro theory of the first two years of the Bachor study in Economics, University of Copenhagen, or similar. Especially with the mathematical formalities of microeconomics.

Note, this is not an easy class. Understanding of differentiation, calculus etc. is taking as a given and the class is heavy in models.

Schedule:
3 hours lectures a week from week 6 to 20 (except holidays).
2 hours exercise class a week from week 6/7 to 21 (except holidays).

The overall schema for the 3rd year and Master courses can be seen at KUnet:
MSc in Economics => "courses and teaching" => "Planning and overview" => "Your timetable"
BA i Økonomi/KA i Økonomi => "Kurser og undervisning" => "Planlægning og overblik" => "Dit skema"

Timetable and venue:
To see the time and location of lecturesplease press the link/links under "Se skema" (See schedule) at the right side of this page (F means Spring).

You can find the similar information partly in English at
https:/​/​skema.ku.dk/​ku1920/​uk/​module.htm
-Select Department: “2200-Økonomisk Institut” (and wait for respond)
-Select Module:: “2200-F20; [Name of course]”
-Select Report Type: “List – Weekdays”
-Select Period: “Forår/Spring – Week 5-30”
Press: “ View Timetable”

Oral
Individual
Collective

 

Students will receive individual feedback on their written assignments.

In addition, the lecturer gives collective oral feedback for the quizzes the students take during the lectures.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 3 hours under invigilation
The exam assignment is given in English and must be answered in English.
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Aid
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
for the written exam. The exam may be chosen for external censorship by random check
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Criteria for exam assessment

Students are assessed on the extent to which they master the learning outcome for the course.

 

To receive the top grade, the student must with no or only a few minor weaknesses be able to demonstrate an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material and can make use of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 3
  • Preparation
  • 133
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Class Exercises
  • 28
  • English
  • 206