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International Trade

  • Teacher(s):   M.Brülhart   E.Milet  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 6 credits
  • Schedule: Autumn Semester 2019-2020, 4.0h. course (weekly average)
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  • site web du cours course website
  • Related programme: Master of Science (MSc) in Economics



Course content and objectives:

Why do countries trade? Who are the winners and losers of globalization? What is the role of the WTO? Do special interests shape trade policies? Do "mega-regionals" like TTIP or the TPP make a difference? Does trade with China destroy manufacturing jobs? Can we economists make sense of the recent public backlash against trade liberalization?

The course covers virtually all topics related to international trade: the nature of specialization and trade patterns, the impact of openness on welfare and labor markets, the impact of trade policies, the business strategies in a global economy (outsourcing, FDI…), the location decisions of firms and the dynamics of spatial agglomeration.

Emphasis is placed on the importance of taking into account the different market structures to describe the pattern of trade and the consequences of globalization.


1- Introduction: key facts about globalization / A guide on how to write a do-file in Stata

2- The World Trade Organization (WTO)

3- Ricardo's theory and its generalizations

4- HO's theory / Political response to globalization in History

5- Intra-industry trade / models of monopolistic competition / new economic geography

6- Heterogeneous firms

7- International trade and the labor market


The course is based almost exclusively on academic articles. Useful textbooks include:

Feenstra R., Advanced International Trade: Theory and Evidence, Princeton University Press


Basic knowledge in microeconomics and econometrics

Some knowledge in international trade (e.g. 5 first chapters of Krugman, Obstbefld and Melitz textbook "international economics").


First attempt

Written 2h00 hours
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Written exam, 2h (60% of final grade). Report and presentation in class based on a topic chosen in class at the beginning of the semester (40% of final grade).


Written 2h00 hours
Not allowed
Not allowed

2-hour written final exam (100% of final grade).

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