International Trade - Spring Semester 2019
Time: Monday and Wednesday, 14:15-16:00
Room: HS 220 (University main building)
Teaching Assistant: Armando Näf (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The recent rise of economic populism in Europe and the US has brought trade policy to
center stage. This course will attempt to provide much needed economic sense/literacy to this subject. It
consists of two parts. In the first part (theory) we develop a general framework for understanding why
countries trade, what goods they import and export, how trade affects the allocation of resources and the
distribution of income, the benefits from international trade, and the implications of trade -commercialpolicy.
The second part (applications) covers topics that are the focus of current policy and political debates,
such as the effects of international trade on unemployment in the industrial countries (''saving jobs''), the
relationship between trade and economic growth, the effects of globalization on the environment, and so on.
The course is to a large degree self -contained. The only requirement is knowledge of basic micro and