This course consists of three parts:
- "International Trade" will be taught by B. Meyer (on tuesdays) and will cover the main theories of international trade, dealing with the causes and consequences of trade under perfect and imperfect competition and their implications on welfare. Based on these, several types of trade policies (tariffs, quotas, trade agreements, industry protectionism, ...) will be analysed in detail, focusing on their effects on welfare and equality under different economic environments. Various current and historic examples (USA-China trade war, WTO, NAFTA, ... ) will be used to motivate the presented concepts and support the understanding of the presented theories.
- "International macroeconomics" will be taught by Prof. I. Kubin (on wednesdays) and will focuse on trade in capital, the balance of payments and exchange rate determination.
- After completing parts 1 and 2, selected topics and contemporary issues (e.g., monetary systems, optimal currency areas, the Euro, financial crises, sovereign default, trade policies, Brexit, infant industry protection, ...) will be presented by students. This part will be held jointly by both lecturers.