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UC Berkeley PhD International Trade (280A) – Fall 2017Prof. Andrés Rodríguez-ClareOffice: Evans Hall 609Email: [email protected]Office hours: Thursdays, 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm and by appointment.Course requirements: 1.4 problem sets (60 percent of course grade).2.One referee report on either of the following recent job market papers (15 percent): -Rodrigo Adao, “Worker Heterogeneity, Wage Inequality, and International Trade: Theory and Evidence from Brazil-Kevin Lim, “Firm to Firm Trade in Sticky Production NetworksEach referee report should be 1-2 pages single-spaced. The report should start off with a one paragraph summary of the main argument of the article. You should describe your main 3-4 points in detail as if you were writing directly to the author. Conclude the reportwith more minor comments. A good referee report not only clearly states the shortcomings of the work, but also lays out clear, constructive and realistic suggestions for improvement.3.One research proposal (15 percent): The proposal should be up to 4 pages single spaced. It should start with a brief survey of an existing literature and then describe a planned research project. It should include:the question you want to address; why you think it is important; why you think the answer of the previous literature is unsatisfactory; and how you plan to improve it.4.Class participation (10 percent)BooksAvinash Dixit and Victor Norman, Theory of International Trade(DN)Robert Feenstra, Advanced International Trade: Theory and Evidence(F)Elhanan Helpman and Paul Krugman, Market Structure and Foreign Trade(HK)Eaton and Kortum, Technology in the Global Economy: A Framework for Quantitative Analysis(EK)1In addition to the textbooks listed above, some very useful literature surveys can be found here:-Gopinath, G., Grossman, G. and Rogoff, K. (2013), “Handbook of International Economics”,Volume 4. (This is not yet published, in the meantime some chapters can be found here: Gravity, Heterogenous Firms, Trade with numbers, International prices, Multinationals).Readings1Should you buy these books? You can get by in this course without buying them, but they are classics, so if you are even mildly interested in international trade, it would be a good idea to buy them. You can get them for between $20 and $30 on Amazon (used). The Eaton and Kortum book is not published yet; I will distribute a pdf by email.1
The first part of the course will consist of somewhat standard material on which I will preparelecture notes that should be mostly self-contained. These notes will be posted to bCourses beforeclass. The second part will be devoted to newer papers at the cutting edge of the literature. Papers

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