GY209 Half Unit
The Economic Geography of Trade, Production and Development
This information is for the 2022/23 session.
Dr Davide Rigo
This course is compulsory on the BSc in Geography with Economics. This course is available on the BA in Geography, BSc in Economic History and Geography, BSc in Economics, BSc in Environment and Development and BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
Economics A (EC100) or Economics B (EC102) or Microeconomics I (EC1A1 or EC1A3 or EC1A5) in combination with Macroeconomics I (EC1B1 or EC1B3 or EC1B5), and ST107 (or equivalent course in statistics) strongly recommended.
This course is concerned with economic geography. In particular we use ideas from International Trade, International Economics, Development and Regional Economics to talk about the location of economic activity across space and the consequences of uneven location. This module is concerned with two fundamental questions: i) what determines the distribution of production and trade across countries and regions? ii) which are the implications for economic development and inequalities? To answer to these questions, this module provides students with an introduction of international trade theories, their mechanisms and implications for trade patterns. In parallel, this module provides students with a review of the main empirical studies testing for those theories and documenting the implications of trade liberalisation for economic development and income inequalities. Armed with these theories and empirical facts, the module critically evaluates current trade policy disputes.
The main topics covered during the module will be:
1. Introduction to trade
2. The Ricardian model of comparative advantage
3. Heckscher-Ohlin and factor endowments
4. Trade, globalisation and inequality
5. Krugman’s New Trade Theories
6. Spatial Distribution of Trade and Production
7. Trade Policy
8. Gravity models
9. Heterogeneous firms and trade
In the Department of Geography and Environment, teaching will be delivered through a combination of classes/seminars, pre-recorded lectures, live online lectures and other supplementary interactive live activities.
This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures across Michaelmas Term.
This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Michaelmas Term.
Students will be expected to prepare for group discussion of the main readings and hand in a short essay for formative assessment.
- Pugel T.A. International Economics. McGraw-Hill.
- Baldwin R and Martin P., (1999), Two waves of globalization: superficial similarities, fundamental differences, NBER working paper 6904.
- Antràs, P. (2020), Conceptual aspects of global value chains. World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9114.
- Autor D. Dorn D. and Hanson G. (2013), The China Syndrome: Local Labor Market Effects of Import Competition in the US. American Economic Review, 103(6), 2121-2168.
- Feenstra C. and Hanson G. (1999), The Impact of Outsourcing and High-Technology Capital on Wages: Estimates for the United States, 1979-1990. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 114, 907-940.
- Krugman, Paul (1979), Increasing returns, monopolistic competition, and international trade. Journal of International Economics, Vol. 9(4), pp. 469-479.
- Krueger, A. O. (1997), Trade Policy and Economic Development: How we learn. The American Economic Review, 87(1).
- James Feyrer, (2009), Distance, Trade, and Income – The 1967 to 1975 Closing of the Suez Canal as a Natural Experiment. NBER Working Papers 15557.
- Bernard A., J.B. Jensen, S.J. Redding, and P.K. Schott (2007), “Firms in International Trade”. The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Volume 21, Number 3, pp. 105-130.
- Bustos, P. (2011), Trade Liberalization, Exports, and Technology Upgrading: Evidence on the Impact of MERCOSUR on Argentinian Firms. The American Economic Review, 101(1), 304-340
Coursework (100%, 3000 words) in the LT.
Student performance results
(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: Geography and Environment
Total students 2021/22: 80
Average class size 2021/22: 16
Capped 2021/22: Yes (80)
Lecture capture used 2021/22: Yes (MT)
Value: Half Unit
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