ECN230 International Economics
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Course responsible: Roberto Javier Garcia
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN
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There is no limit to enrollment.
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This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2011-2012
This course is designed to bridge international economics and applied economics, providing a review of issues in development, policy, trade, and welfare analysis. While the emphasis is on the microeconomics of international trade, there are macroeconomic problems that are also addressed, such as the effect of trade on wages and employment, labor migration, capital flows, sectoral development and economic growth, and income inequality among rich and poor nations. The student is expected to develop: an understanding of why nations trade and under which conditions trade occurs; knowledge of the role of supply and demand factors in determining the gains from trade; the ability to evaluate the welfare effects of protectionist trade policies, free trade, managed trade, and the economic implications of other forms of government intervention to foster development; and a conceptual framework for evaluating international competitiveness, comparative advantage, and foreign investment and strategic trade behavior.
Trade policy is analyzed from the perspective of different countries, relying on different economic sectors: agriculture, industry and services.
A full description of course, lecture plan, course materials, exercises, and past exams are available at the following website:
The student is expected to develop: an understanding of why nations trade and under which conditions trade occurs; knowledge of the role of supply and demand factors in determining the gains from trade; the ability to evaluate the welfare effects of protectionist trade policies, free trade, managed trade, and the economic implications of other forms of government intervention to foster development; and a conceptual framework for evaluating international competitiveness, comparative advantage, and foreign investment and strategic behavior.
The emphasis is on the microeconomic theory supporting international trade, there are important macroeconomic problems that are also addressed related to globalization, e.g., the effect of trade on wages and employment, economic issues from labor migration, capital flows and returns to capital owners and laborers, sectoral development and economic growth (manufacturing, agriulture and services), and income inequality among rich and poor nations.
Students are expected to read the sections in the text prior to attending lectures. There are four problem sets that will be related to the class notes and readings. Students are expected to complete these assignments during exercise sessions on the dates assigned by the instructor. These assignments are intended to monitor the progress of the class in its understanding of the material. These assignments require a passing grade and students can work in Groups formed by the instructor. The student can choose to work independently and submit the assignment directly to the instructor.
The instructor is available during exercise sessions and maintains office hours during which a student can seek consultations with the instructor. Should the student prefer to have more feedback on exercises or want to follow up on points made during class lectures, office hours or e-mail contact are appropriate for that purpose.
Appleyard and Field (A+F). International Economics (International Edition), any edition. Supplementary reading materials provided on the web at:
The course is intensive in basic microeconomic principles, which are reviewed quickly during lectures. Basic knowledge in microeconomics ECN110 Inføring i mikroøkonmi (Introduction to Microeconomics) is essential. ECN210 Mikroøkonomi II - Konsument, produsent, marked og velferd (Intermediate Micro II Theory of the Consumer, Producer, Markets and Welfare) is very relevant to the course. Welfare analysis related to trade policy is covered in the second half of the course, and is given a quick review. ECN120 Innføring i makroøkonomi, del I og II (Introduction to Macroeconomics parts I and II) are not so relevant. Any reference to macroeconomic concepts are explained in the context of their relevance to the material covered.
A good background in basic microeconomics is useful; a good background in macroeconomics is less important. Concepts from basic microeconomics (price and income elasticities, producer and consumer surplus, imperfect competition, economies of scale, etc.) are reviewed quickly in the lectures and their relevance to international economics is explained carefully. The course has relevance for international business and the specializations under the economics programs.
There are 4 exercises (problems sets with simple numerical calculations). These will be group exercises on problem sets that must be submitted and a passing grade received. Problem sets are valid until the next time the course is offered and for re-examination. The course plan includes four assignment sessions during which students can work on the assignments and consult with a teaching assistant and/or the instructor. The interpretation of the results of the problem sets reinforce the concepts covered in lectures.
Written examination, 3 hours (100%). The exam must be answered in English.There are no calculations required and graphs are required only where specified. Graphical analysis can be used throughout as the student prefers.
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).
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There are 20 2-hour lectures sessions with 4 lecture hours per week. There will also be 4 2-hour exercise sessions scheduled with either a teaching assistant and/or the instructur who will be available to help with the problem sets.
The course is in English. Incoming students can contact student advisors at the School of Economics and Business (firstname.lastname@example.org) for admission to the course.
The course is divided into two parts: (1) trade modelling under partial and general equilibrium and (2) trade policy analysis, trade and strategic behavior by government/firm, and international factor movements (capital and labor). Course description, lecture plan, detailed course outline and course materials (web-based readings, exercises, slides, and handouts).
External examiner will control the quality of syllabus, questions for the final examination, and principles for the assessment of the examination answers.
Allowed examination aids: A2 No calculator, other aids as specified
Examination details: Oral exam: Passed / Failed