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SURVEY OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS COURSE

 

MODULE 1:
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE: HISTORY, TRADE LAW, AND THE WTO

Textbook Reading:

Introductory Trade Issues: History, Institutions, and Legal Framework

(A 2016 version of the textbook reading is available at FlatWorld Knowledge.)

Presentation Slides:

Trade Policy Overview - Last updated August 2019

Recent Events/Analysis:

Trump's Backward March on Trade
(Jan 2020) This article by Anne O. Krueger dicusses trade developments during the Trump administration.

US-China Trade War: The Guns of August
(Sept 2019) This article by Chad Bown highlights the increase in US tariffs against China.

US-China Trade War Tariffs: An Up-to-Date Chart
(Dec 2019) This article by Chad Bown highlights the increase in US tariffs against China.

A partial and defective US-China trade truce
(Jan 2020) This Financial Times article by Martin Wolf evaluates the US-China Trade agreement reached in January 2020.

Unappreciated hazards of the US-China phase one deal
(Jan 2020) This Peterson Institute article by Chad Bown evaluates the pledge China has made to import an additional $200 billion of goods and services in the US-China trade agreement signed in January 2020.

Related Podcasts:

The following podcasts from Trade Talks by Chad Bown (PIEE) and Soumaya Keynes (The Economist) discuss the rationale behind trade agreements.

What Are Trade Deals For? Part 1

What Are Trade Deals For? Part 2

What Are Trade Deals For? Part 3

Additional Useful Information:

US Tariff Profile
This is a WTO summary of tariffs in the US.

Brazil Tariff Profile
This is a WTO summary of tariffs in Brazil.

China Tariff Profile
This is a WTO summary of tariffs in China.

India Tariff Profile
This is a WTO summary of tariffs in India.

Kenya Tariff Profile
This is a WTO summary of tariffs in Kenya.

 

 

OVERVIEW

In this module you will review the history of international trade over the past century including discussion of trade barriers, trade agreements, trade laws and past and current controversies.

VIDEO LECTURE

This lecture was recorded in Fall 2016, just before the election of President Trump in the US. It is 104 minutes long.

 

 

ANSWER KEY

Click HERE for answers to the textbook questions.

 

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