ECON 4413-001 International Trade
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER, COLORADO Economics 4413 International Trade James R. Markusen Phone: 492-0748 Office: 216, e-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, 1:30-3:00 August 2004 Course Outline and Reading List The Course Outline given below lists the major topics we will deal with in this course. Markusen et.al. is the textbook. Markusen, Melvin, Kaempfer, and Maskus, International Trade: Theory and Applications, McGraw Hill, 1995. The Economist, Globalization, Profile Books, 2001. Assessment in the course will consist of: 1st mid-term exam 2nd mid-term exam (date subject to change) Take home on Globalization Final Exam 20% 20% 30% 30% Monday, September 27 Wednesday, October 27 Monday, November 22 Late penalty on take home: 5% of total essay marks per day The exams will be analytical-essay type exams in which you will be asked, for example, to analyzed the relationship between two variables or assess the likely effects of some policy. The book Globalization is a series of stand alone essays about topics pertaining to globalization. The take-home exam will give you a set of essay questions which you will answer. The final exam and/or mid-terms will include some fill-in-the-blanks questions about the book to help insure that you actually read it! In the lectures, I will try to present theory in the first half of the class period, and applications in the second half. PART I: TECHNICAL TOOLS AND THE GAINS FROM TRADE In this part of the course, we develop and review basic tools of microeconomic theory that we will use throughout the course. 1. Supply and Production Possibilities MMKM, Chapters 1 and 2. 2. Preferences, Demand, and Welfare MMKM, Chapter 3. 3. General Equilibrium in Open and Closed Economics MMKM, Chapter 4. 4. The Gains from Trade MMKM, Chapter 5. PART II: DETERMINANTS OF TRADE This section analyzes the different underlying causes of international trade and the gains from trade. 1. Differences in Technology between Countries. MMKM, Chapters 6 and 7. Skip section 5, chapter 7. 2. Differences in Factor Endowments between Countries. MMKM, Chapters 8 and 9. Skip section 6, chapter 8. 3. Government Policies as Determinants of Trade. MMKM, Chapter 10. Skip sections 4 and 5. 4. Imperfect Competition as a Determinant of Trade. MMKM, Chapter 11. Skip section 4. 5. Increasing Returns to Scale. MMKM, Chapter 12. Skip sections 5 and 6. 6. Preferences and Income as Determinants of Trade. MMKM, Chapter 13. PART III: TRADE POLICY This part of the course analyzes the principal tools that governments use to influence trade. We analyzed the effects of the policies and try to understand the reasons that governments choose the policies they do. 1. Tariffs MMKM, Chapter 15. Skip section 7. 2. Quotas MMKM, Chapter 16. Skip section 5. 3. Imperfect Competition, Increasing Returns, and Strategic Trade Policy. MMKM, Chapter 17. Skip section 4. 4. Preferential Trade Areas MMKM, Chapter 18. Sections 1 and 2 only. 5. The Political Economy of Trade Policy MMKM, Chapter 19. PART IV: FACTOR TRADE AND DIRECT FOREIGN INVESTMENT The final section of the course looks at trade in factors of production and direct foreign investment be multinational firms. 1. Trade in Factors of Production MMKM, Chapter 21. Skip sections 2 and 5. 2. Direct Foreign Investment MMKM, Chapter 22. Skip section 4. 3. Intertemporal Trade MMKM, Chapter 23. Section 1 only. International Trade - Economics 4413 International Trade - Review/Sample Questions 1. Suppose that there are two goods, X and Y, and only one factor of production L. Assume that Y is produced with constant returns and X is produced with increasing returns. Explain the shape of the production possibilities frontier. What the significance of this shape for trade? 2. The balance-of-trade condition is equivalent to the condition that the value of a country's production equals the value of its consumption. True/false, explain. 3. Two countries can gain from trade even if one country has an absolute advantage in the production of all goods. True/false, explain. 4. Construct one careful example to show how one individual can lose from trade even if the country as a whole gains from trade relative to autarky. Does this help us understand controversies over trade liberalization? 5. The free-trade price ratio must lie between the autarky price ratios of the two countries. True/False, explain. 6. State the factor-price equalization theorem. What is its implications for the wage of unskilled labor in the US following trade liberalization? 1. Government policies can induce trade or reverse the direction of trade, but such trade is not necessarily beneficial. True, False, explain. 2. Production and consumption taxes tend to have opposite effects on the direction of trade. True, False, explain. 3. Define the concept of pro-competitive gains from trade and give an example of when they might arise. 4. "Gains from trade in the presence of scale economies can be taken either in the form of the same number of products at lower prices, or more products at the same prices." Explain this statement. 5. State the "Linder Hypothesis". What empirical facts are this theory suppose to explain? Why can't the Heckscher-Ohlin model explain these facts? 1. Under what circumstance is the effect of an import quota the same as the effects of an import tariff? 2. What is "quota rent" and how is it distributed in a quota that is auctioned off versus a voluntary export restraint? 3. Analyze the effect of an export subsidy (assume perfect competition, no distortions). 4. Discuss briefly the intuition behind the argument that a country's welfare may be improved by a production or export subsidy for an industry producing with increasing returns and imperfect competition. 5. Present alternative assumptions to those in question 3 such that we arrive at the conclusion that a subsidy is welfare worsening. 6. What is the argument underlying "import protection as export promotion"? What is assumed about production? 7. State the "theory of the second best". In what way does it underlay the concept of strategic trade policy? 8. Explain "trade creation" and "trade diversion". How was this relevant to Mexico in evaluating NAFTA? 9. Discuss in what sense trading goods and trading factors are equivalent. 10. Present a situation in which trading goods and factors are in some sense complements. 11. Outline the OLI view of multinational firms. What are the principal sources of ownership advantages for multinational firms? 12. Discuss the reasons why multinational firms are closely associated with knowledge capital or knowledge based assets.