30443 - INTERNATIONAL MACROECONOMICS
CLEAM - WBB - BIEM - BIG
Course taught in English
The first section analyses current monetary and exchange rate policies, discussing the Global Crisis and its drivers, with specific attention to the US, Europe and Asia, in order to explain the Great Recession and highlight which are the present macroeconomic problems to be addressed and fixed.
The second section deals with international trade.
- Introduction: monetary Policy, Exchange Rates and Financial Regulation before and after the Crisis.
- The Global Financial Crisis: discovering its Drivers.
- The Great Moderation: Efficient Markets, National Policies and International Harmonization.
- The Great Deviation: Monetary Policy, Financial Deregulation and External Unbalances.
- The Great Recession: how to deal with?
- Labor productivity and comparative advantage: the Ricardian model.
- Resources and trade: the Heckscher-Ohlin model.
- Economies of scale, imperfect competition and international trade.
- Firms in the global economy: multinationals and outsourcing.
- International trade policy.
- Balance of payments.
The exam texts is the same for all the students, (attending and non attending, including those who attended the course in the previous years). The questions of the exam are four and compulsory (time=100 minutes). The grade of each question is 7.50/30; to pass the exam the overall grade has to be at least 18/30. Mock exam questions are discussed during the course.
The class slides are posted week by week on the website of the course; the lecture notes - which include examples of the exam questions - are posted after the end of the first section; the textbook selected chapters are announced week by week. All the class slides and readings are compulsory exam material and have to be carefully prepared for the exam independently from the time allocated to them in class.
Regular attendance is crucial for not falling behind. If the students miss the class, it is their responsibility to make up for the lecture notes and announcements made in class.
- P.R. KRUGMAN, M. OBSTFELD, M. MELITZ, International Economics, global edition, 2014, 10th edition.
Previous exposure to first-year undergraduate macroeconomic and microeconomic courses is necessary and compulsory. For example
- B.D. BERNHEIM, M.D. WHINSTON, Microeconomics, McGraw-Hill.
- O. BLANCHARD, Macroeconomics, Pearson.