Seminar: Topics in Advanced International Trade

Course content

The objective of this seminar is for students to work on independent research projects related to International Trade. Students choose their topic in consultation with the seminar organizer, prepare and submit a first draft, give a presentation based on the first draft, and hand-in a revised and final version of the seminar paper for assessment.

Topics for the seminar paper include (but are not limited to):

  • Technology, geography and international trade
  • Structural gravity and quantitative models of international trade
  • Heterogeneous firms and international trade
  • Trade policy
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  • Import competition
  • Multinationals and foreign direct investments
  • Trade liberalization
  • Preferential trade agreements
  • Gains from trade
  • Wage inequality and international trade
  • Trade in services
  • Quality
  • Economic growth and international trade
Education

MSc programme in Economics

 

The seminar is primarily for students at the MSc of Economics.

Learning outcome

After completing the seminar, the student is expected to be able to fulfil the learning outcome specified in the Master curriculum and to be able to:

Knowledge:

  • Account for the most recent findings in the literature studying the interplay trade policy, international competition and their effects on domestic markets.
  • Account for the basic workings of trade models including: factor price equalization, comparative advantage and the effects of heterogenous firms

 

Skills:

  • Analyze the consequences of globalization in a specific setting
  • Evaluate existing research and discuss its reliability.
  • Evaluate policy responses to the negative consequences of globalization.

 

Competencies:

  • Plan a research project
  • Design policy responses to threats of globalization

At the seminar the student is trained independently to
- identify and clarify a problem,
- seek and select relevant literatur,
- write a academic paper,
- present and discuss own paper with the other students at the seminar.

The aim of the presentations is, that the student uses the presentation as an opportunity to practice oral skills and to receive feedback. The presentations is not a part of the exam and will not be assessed.

Mandatory activities in the seminar:
- Kick-off meeting
- Finding literatur and defining the project
- Writing process of the seminar paper
- Presentation of own project and paper
- Giving constructive feedback to another student´s paper
- Actively participating in discussions at the presentations and other meetings.

There is no weekly teaching/lecturing and the student cannot expect guidance from the teacher. If the teacher gives a few introduction lectures or gives the opportunity for guidance, this as well as other expectations are clarified at the kickoff meeting.

Process:
It is strongly recommended that you think about and search for a topic before the semester begins, as there is only a few weeks from the kick-off meeting to the submission of the project description/ agreement paper.

The seminar project paper must be uploaded in Absalon before the presentations, as the opponents and the other seminar participants have to read and comment on the paper. It is important that you upload a paper that is so finalized as possible due to the fact that the value of feedback and comments at the presentation is strongly associated with the skill level of the seminar paper.

After the presentations, you can with a few corrections improve the seminar paper by including the feedback and comments emerged during the presentations. It is NOT intended that you rewrite or begin the writing of the full project AFTER the presentation has taken place.

Feenstra, R. C. (2015): Advanced International Trade: Theory and Evidence, Princeton University Press.

Gopinath, G., Helpman, E., & Rogoff, K. (eds): Handbook of International Economics Vol. 4, 2014, Elsevier.

It is recommended that students are familiar with basic models of open economy macroeconomics, as well as have some knowledge of fixed income markets.

BSc in Economics or similar

Schedule Spring 2022:

- Kick-off meeting: Monday 7th of February: anytime

- Extra meetings / introductory teaching / guidance: Monday: 14th of February. 15.00-17.00

- Deadline for submission of commitment paper / project description: 1 March.

- Deadline for uploading a seminar assignment paper in Absalon: May 1st

- Presentations: In the time period 1 – 23 May. Discussed at kickoff meeting.

- Exam date: 1 June at 10.00 (am) - latest uploading of Seminar paper to the Digital Exam portal for assessment.


All information regarding the seminar is communicated through Absalon including venue. So it is very important that you by yourself logon to Absalon and read the information already when you are registered at the seminar.

Written
Oral
Individual
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination
A seminar paper in English that meets the formal requirements for written papers stated in the curriculum of the Master programme and at KUNet for seminars.

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Aid
All aids allowed

for the project paper.

The teacher defines the aids that must be used for the presentations.

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Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
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Criteria for exam assessment

Students are assessed on the extent to which they master the learning outcome for the seminar and can make use of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes in the Curriculum of the Master programme.

 

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.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Project work
  • 186
  • Seminar
  • 20
  • English
  • 206