International Trade and Development Economics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Trade and Development Economics

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Upon completion of this course you will:
    - Know the standard theories of international trade ( (Bridging Theory and Practice - Knowledge);
    - Understand how to conduct welfare analysis on various types of trade policies (academic and research skills)
    - Be familiar with the empirical patters in international trade (Academic and Research Skills; Briding Theory and Practice - Application);
    - Be aware of the issues that arise in measuring poverty and inequality (Briding Theory and Practice - Knowledge);
    - Know the main models for analysis economic development (Briding Theory and Practice - Knowledge);
    - Understand how to conduct a policy analysis (Academic and Research Skills)

    This course provides an introduction to the analysis of trade and economic development. The course has two components. The first is about international trade. Besides discussing the fundamental theories of trade, we will discuss how they related to recent concerns regarding globalization, fair trade, and international regulation of multi nationals.

    The other component of the course is about economic development of low and middle income counties. We will discuss historic trends and models for development. The next topic is about governance, with a particular focus on corruption. We provide an introduction to how to conduct policy analysis, and will apply it to education policies. Last, we will discuss the measurement of poverty, inequality within countries, and across. These will be related to programs that transfer resources to the poor.


    Assignments - individual and group based
    Final exam- individual

    Macroeconomics I and Microeconomics I 

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