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181Syllabus_S11.2 - Economics 181, Spring 2011...

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Economics 181, Spring 2011 International Trade Instructor: Professor David Roland-Holst GSIs: Pierre-Emmanuel Darpeix, Sebastian Stumpner, and Asrat Tesfayesus Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-5pm, 4 Leconte Course Website address: bspace This is a four-unit course with three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. You must sign up in one section during the first week of class to remain in the class. Attendance in that discussion section is mandatory. Sections are scheduled as follows: Section 101 M 2-3PM 258 Dwinelle Section 102 M 9-10AM 50 Barrows Section 103 W 2-3PM 250 Dwinelle Section 104 M12-1PM 205 Dwinelle Section 105 F 10-11AM 50 Barrows Section 106 F 9-10AM 81 Evans Adding the Course If you are not in the course but wish to add, you should consult the Economics Department ( headgsi@econ.berkeley.edu ). Neither the instructor nor the readers have the power to get you registered in the class. Textbook and Study Guide Paul Krugman and Maurice Obstfeld (KO), International Economics: Theory and Policy, Addison-Wesley, Eighth Edition or later. Although only the textbook is required, the study guide is recommended. The Study Guide, written by Linda Goldberg and Michael Klein, contains sample problems for each chapter and is quite useful as a guide for exams. Although the study guide was written to accompany an earlier version of KO, it is still very useful. Course Description This course covers the microeconomics of international trade, and related issues of US trade policy, developing country trade policies and multinational corporations. We begin with a brief introduction and then develop a theoretical framework to help us understand (1) why countries trade with each other and what determines trade patterns (2) whether trade is beneficial for a country and (3) how trade affects the distribution of income within a country. We then analyze the effects of commercial policy (e.g. tariffs) on trade and economic welfare. The
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181Syllabus_S11.2 - Economics 181, Spring 2011...

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