S08SYL464 - Economics 464: International Trade and Finance...

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Economics 464: International Trade and Finance Spring 2008 Maria Muniagurria e-mail: [email protected] 7424 Social Science Office Hours: Tuesday 2.30 - 3.30 pm Thursday 11 am 12 noon Phone: 263-3865 Web Page : http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/~munia/464/ Teaching Assistant: Wallice Ao Email: [email protected] Course Description: This is a course for economics majors and has Econ 301 and Econ 302 as prerequisites. The first and major part of the course explores the theoretical foundations of International Trade , focusing on why nations trade and what do they trade, and in what sense international trade is beneficial to trading countries. Current policy issues will be examined to demonstrate the usefulness as well as the limitations of the theory. We will also study how trade policies can be used to pursue national or global objectives. The second part of the course (remaining 1/3 of classes) will cover selected topics in International Finance . It is extremely important that you work on linking the concepts that we cover in class with developments in the real world. This is the only way to make sure that these concepts are really understood. I will occasionally send you emails with links to articles where international economics issues are discussed. But I urge you to do this on your own as well. Good sources are The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist and Google World News. Also, check out CID = s Global Trade Negotiations Home Page at http://www.cid.harvard.edu/cidtrade/index.html and The Trade Observatory at http://www.tradeobservatory.org. If you find an interesting or amusing article about any of the issues we discuss in class, please send it to me so that we can discuss it in class. Required Reading: ( 1 ) International Trade, by Robert C. Feenstra and Alan M. Taylor, Worth Publishers, 2008 (Chapters 1- 11, available at the University Bookstore). The International Finance chapters
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S08SYL464 - Economics 464: International Trade and Finance...

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