The aim of the course is to provide students with the logical-analytical tools necessary to understand the main determinants and effects of international trade. The main theoretical models of international trade, starting from classical models up to the most recent models based on the analysis of the behavior of heterogeneous firms will be analyzed during the course, as well as, the main empirical studies on the determinants, effects and dynamics of international trade.
Learning skills: the student must demonstrate a good learning ability by being able to use and combine the various sources of information available (textbook, material on the book's website, workbook, etc.).
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: the student must demonstrate that he/she understands how to analyze the main international trade issues.
Communication skills: the student must be able to answer the questions of the written test in a clear, and exhaustive way.
In order to learn the contents of the course in an easier and more conscious way, it would be advisable for students to have a good knowledge of Microeconomics and at least basic knowledge of Mathematical Analysis (algebra and differential calculus) and Statistics, courses typically activated in the study courses of 1st level. Any gaps between students will be bridged through a special summary lesson and the indication of appropriate bibliographic references.
The course encompasses two different modules: I international trade theory, II international economic policies
The course aims at providing an overview of the main international trade issues.
The course will be organized in lectures and classroom exercises.
Additional teaching material will be available on the course website.
Economia Internazionale di P. Krugman, M. Obstfeld e M. Melitz (vol. 1). Pearson Education
All students, whether attendees or not, will have to take a written exam.
The test includes 2 open questions on the topics of the program, for a
maximum of 12 points, and 10 multiple choice questions, for a maximum
of 20 points. The exam questions will serve to ascertain the examiners'
ability to communicate clearly and comprehensively, to use appropriate
technical language and to master the theses presented. There is no oral
exam. The mark, out of thirty, will therefore be the result of the written
test only. The grade will be 75% linked to knowledge of the course topics
and 25% to the ability to independently process the contents of the
course, even in a critical manner.