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An examination of the dimensions, causes and consequences of the international flows of goods and services (trade), people (migration), and financial capital.
Donna Ramirez Harrington ()
Dates: May 18 - June 26, 2015
About This Course This course will offer students an opportunity to learn about the international economic integration in terms of flow of goods, labor and capital. We will study international trade, immigration, investment flows and exchange rates. We will also talk about global financial crisis, development and inequality and climate change, and how they are related to trade. Some of the questions we will answer in this course are as follows: 1. What is globalization? What is economics? How will economics help explain globalization? What are the different aspects (windows) of globalization? 2. Why do countries trade with each other? Why not produce all the goods each will consume? Who gains/loses from trade? Importing country? Exporting country? Both? Neither? Who gains/loses from trade in importing country? Who gains/loses from trade in exporting country? Are trade restrictions beneficial or harmful? What is the WTO and how does it manage trade across countries? What are the guiding principles of international trade? 3. What are the different forms of international production? What is difference between outsourcing and offshoring? What are the motives for shifting production abroad? Why is Apple having iphones produced by Foxconn in China? 4. What are the motive for migration? How does migration affect the businesses, workers and economy in the destination country? How does migration affect the businesses, workers and economy in the origin country? Is migration inherently harmful/beneficial? 5. How are exchange rates determined? How are exchange rates related to trade in goods and services and exchange of assets across borders? Why are some currencies overvalued and some undervalued? 6. What are the different types of financial crises? How do financial crises develop? How did the most recent financial crisis of 2007-2009 develop and how did it affect the US and world economy? What are the impacts of the financial crisis on trade, migration and development? 7. How are trade, development and environment related? What trade policies do developing countries adopt to promote economic growth? What are the global demographic trends and how will they impact economic growth and the environment? How is climate change a development and an environment issue? Why is climate change challenging to address? How is it related to trade and globalization?
Instruction Materials Required main textbook: Kenneth Reinert, An Introduction to International Economics, Cambridge University Press, 2012; ISBN-10: 0521177103, ISBN-13: 978-0521177108. This book has a Kindle edition. Supplementary materials (note that only selected chapters are used) will be posted on Bb Campbell R. McConnell, Stanley L. Brue, Sean M. Flynn, Microeconomics: principles, problems, and policies, 18th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill Irwin, c2009. (Ch 1: pp 3-28; Ch 3: -pp 31-51; Ch 6: pp 90-97 ? If you have taken EC 12, any Micro book chapter on PPF, demand, supply & equilibrium and CS & PS will work) David Colander, Macroeconomics, 8th ed, 2010, ISBN:0077247175, (Ch 15 only, posted on Bb) Thomas Pugel, International Economics, ISBN-13:9780073375755; ISBN-10: 0073375756, (Ch 13 and 14, posted on Bb) Carbaugh Chapter 1, 9 More additional materials will be available for download on Blackboard.
Multiple choice (analytical, graphical, and conceptual) HWs and exams, essay quizzes/homeworks, discussion board
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