International Trade - Spring Semester 2020

There will be no more classes until further notice. All of the material will be discussed in podcasts, which will be mad available here and/or on ilias (please check both sites). We have also created a forum on ilias for you to ask questions and discuss the material among students. You can ask the questions anonymously if you wish to do so. We will also be involved in answering these questions  but encourage your fellow students to comment. If you have any questions about the material do not hesitate to contact us.

Time: Monday and Wednesday, 14:15-16:00
Room: HS 220 (University main building)

Teaching Assistant: Armando Näf (armando.naef@vwi.unibe.ch)

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 macro.

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