International Trade

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Trade

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Economics, International Trade

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ECON 201

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Theories of international specialisation; trade and growth with consideration given to both the postive and normative effects of government policies relating to international trade. The course will also include an introduction to theories of the determinants of exchange rates.

    This course will cover both trade and monetary aspects of international economics. The subject matter of international economics can be divided into two halves ? international trade and international finance. The first half (weeks 1-6) starts with questioning how countries? resolve trade imbalances surplus/deficit) over time i.e. balance of payments. The discussion will encompass financial/monetary perspectives in open economies and develop models to help evaluate policies in determination of output, unemployment, price levels, and exchange rates for globally integrated economies. The second half of the course (weeks 7-12) will discuss the merits of free trade among nations i.e. gains from and patterns of trade, different approaches to trade i.e. trade theories and the political factors affecting trade policies in practice.

    Course Learning Objectives
    By the end of this course, students should be able to
    1. Explain and use a short run model of exchange rate determination
    2. Use a short run model of the exchange rate incorporating money
    3. Use a long run model of the exchange rate
    4. Use the standard models to explain international trade
    5. Use models of imperfect competition to explain trade
    6. Explain and apply models of factor migration
    7. Apply economic models to evaluate government trade policies

    Test 1 15%
    Test 2 15%
    Final Exam 70%

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