International Economics

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Keyu Jin 32L1.17 and Dr Swati Dhingra 32L2.31


This course is available on the BSc in Accounting and Finance, BSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, BSc in Economics, BSc in Economics and Economic History, BSc in Economics with Economic History, BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics, BSc in Government and Economics, BSc in Philosophy and Economics and BSc in Social Policy and Economics. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.


Students should have completed Microeconomic Principles I (EC201) or Microeconomic Principles II (EC202) or equivalent and Macroeconomic Principles (EC210) or equivalent.

Course content

International Macroeconomics: The course offers an introduction to international macroeconomic theory and develops the main tools for macroeconomic policy analysis. We start by studying the balance of payments and the causes and consequences of global imbalances, followed by an in-depth study of the determination of exchange rates, money, and prices in open economies. We discuss the costs and benefits of different nominal exchange rate regimes and their sustainability, as well as examine the causes and consequences of debt and default, speculative attacks and financial crises. International Trade: The course offers an introduction to international trade theory and develops the main tools for trade policy analysis. We start by studying the patterns of trade distinguishing between inter-industry and intra-industry trade flows. We then proceed to an in-depth analysis of the causes and the effects of those flows based on the concepts of absolute and comparative advantage, relative factor abundance and relative factor intensity, increasing returns to scale and imperfect competition. Finally we discuss the gains and losses from trade, their distribution among people and firms, and their implications for the debate on trade liberalization vs. protectionism .


15 hours of lectures and 8 hours of seminars in the MT. 15 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT. 3 hours of lectures and 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to prepare two pieces of assessed written work during each of the MT and LT.

Indicative reading

Exchange Rates and International Finance, 3rd ed, Laurence Copeland; International Economics: Theory and Policy, 8th ed, Paul Krugman, Marc Melitz and Maurice Obstfeld; Foundations of International Macroeconomics, Maurice Obstfeld and Kenneth Rogoff.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2012/13: 215

Average class size 2012/13: 14

Value: One Unit

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PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of numeracy skills

Course survey results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 78.9%



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