APPLIES TO ACADEMIC YEAR 2015/2016
GRA 6649 International Economics
Responsible for the course
Per Botolf Maurseth
Department of Economics
According to study plan
Language of instruction
International economic integration is the major ingredient in economic globalization. This course gives students an advanced introduction to the major theories of international trade and investments, and economic integration.
Students will acquire knowledge of the main models of economic integration from standard economic theory. They will learn to how analyse real world problems with advanced theoretical modelling tools. Topics such as comparative advantages, new trade theory, trade and growth and foreign direct investments are covered. Both theoretical and empirical questions are covered. Also trade policy is covered and students will learn how to analyse trade policy from theoretical perspectives. The student will have acquired knowledge about international capital movements and labour migration and their relationships with international trade. The student will also have understanding of firm based theories of international trade and how these differ from standard theories.
GRA 6031 Microeconomics or equivalent
All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have spesific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.
Bowen, Harry P., Abraham Hollander, Jean-Marie Viaene. 2012. Applied international trade. 2nd ed. Palgrave Macmillan. 568. New main textbook
Krugman, Paul R. 1990. Rethinking international trade. MIT Press. Selected chapters
Collection of articles:
Selected articles will be added
During the course there may be hand-outs and other material on additional topics relevant for the course and the examination
Main topics are
* comparative advantage and gains from trade
* new trade theory based on monopolistic competition and increasing returns to scale
* international trade, factor mobility and foreign direct investments
* international trade and growth
Learning process and workload
A course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of 160-180 hours.
Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/It's learning or text book.
Written examination 3 hours
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Specific information regarding student assessment will be provided in class. This information may be relevant to requirements for term papers or other hand-ins, and/or where class participation can be one of several components of the overall assessment.
GRA 66491 written exam accounts for 100 % of the final grade in the course GRA 6649.
Examination support materials
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