International Economic relationships

lspri2070  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

International Economic relationships
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h

  This learning unit is not being organized during year 2019-2020.

Main themes
During the course we will cover the main recent developments in international economics and relate these to a number of key international policy debates. We will focus on how economic theory evolved in response to the facts and figures in the real world. The course is based on the reference book P. R. Krugman and M. Obstfeld " International Economics: Theory & Policy"(2001) and is divided in two core parts: theory of international trade and international monetary economics. The first part aims at understanding the patterns of and gains from inter-national trade. Exchange rate markets and determination through interest rates and expectations are the main topics of the second part. We will also analyse some aspects of international policy coordination.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The aim of the course is to offer an up-to-date analytical framework that enables a better understanding of cur-rent events through the theory of international economics. Step-by-step we build a framework for communicat-ing the lessons of traditional theory but also integrate the latest findings and approaches. We analyse both the real and monetary sides of the topics. We also offer for each part an overview of relevant data and policy analy-sis with several case studies.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The Ricardian model is probably the simplest model to study the pattern and gains from international trade. Even though some assumptions of the model are to some extend unrealistic, the main conclusions of the model - that countries will tend to export the goods in which they have a relatively higher productivity - has been validated by a number of empirical studies. We do also study some extensions of that model that will enable us to study the impact of resource differences between potential trade partners. Empirical evidence suggests that these differences have no are little impact on trade patterns. These models are however very useful as they allow to analyse the effects of trade on income distribution. Exchange rate markets and determination are the main topics of the second part. Short-term dynamics of exchange rates are driven by the so-called "interest rate par-ity" while long-term adjustments are driven by the "purchasing power parity". Based on the lessons of these short- and long term dynamics we will be able to address some of the key international policy debates. We will focus on exchange rate policies and more particularly on the dilemma that some countries face regarding the participation to the Euro zone common currency area.
Other information
Introduction course on economics of the type "economie politique" Written exam. P. R. Krugman and M. Obstfeld "International Economics: Theory & Policy"(2001) Among others The "economist" on Big Mac index. On demand
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Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Political Sciences: General

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations