The course provides a theoretical analysis of international trade topics with references to empirical evidence. Students will learn the main empirical patterns of current international trade and how to access sources of this information. They will become familiar with the concept of comparative advantage, and study models showing how technological differences, differences in resource endowments, and economies of scale determine trade patterns and income distribution. The effects of various trade policy instruments on welfare will be analysed. The course touches upon currently relevant issues such as offshoring, export subsidies in agriculture and high-technology industries, and international trade agreements. Students will acquire the problem-solving skills necessary to analyse these and similar matters.
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