International Trade and Policy

Course Overview

The last 25 years have witnessed increases in the volume of international trade and investment, significant treaties reducing barriers to trade and capital movements, and the development of regional trading blocs. This course examines these real world events and policies in a solid analytical context. We construct simple models to analyze international trade and shed light on the underlying economic, social, and political factors that affect trade patterns. A significant part of the course is devoted to evaluating the theoretical models in light of recent empirical research.