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Schedule (Jan-Apr 2013)

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Classes start on Thursday, January 3 and end on Thursday, April 4, 2013. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm in BUCH D213. There are no classes during Reading Week (February 18-22). There are 25 lectures in total.
 
In the referenced readings below, KH-# refers to chapters from Keith Head's textbook Elements of Multinational Strategy, available online (free for UBC students). LL-# refers to section numbers from Ed Leamer and J. Levinsohn International Trade Theory: The Evidence in G. Grossman and K. Rogoff (eds.) Handbook of International Economics Vol. III 1995, also available as NBER working paper 4940.

  Session Topic and Readings
1. Thu, Jan 3 What are the main types of international transactions and who are the important players?
Readings:
  • lecture notes only
2. Tue, Jan 8 Overview of Data Sources and Empirical Methods
Readings:
  • lecture notes only
3. Thu, Jan 10 Can differences in factor endowments explain trade patterns?
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4. Tue, Jan 15 Heckscher-Ohlin-Vanek Theory, continued
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5. Thu, Jan 17 How does trade affect workers?
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6. Tue, Jan 22 What is globalization? Is it harmful?
Readings:
7. Thu, Jan 24 Does a "gravity law" govern bilateral trade flows?
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8. Tue, Jan 29 Gravity Equation, continued
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9. Thu, Jan 31 Do national borders impede trade?
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10. Tue, Feb 5 International Trade Law: The Institutional Dimension
Readings:
  • KH-6
11. Thu, Feb 7 Do trade agreements actually create more trade?
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12. Tue, Feb 12 Is trade good or bad for the environment?
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13. Thu, Feb 14 Video Presentation
Readings:
  • T.B.A.
14. Tue, Feb 26 Where do the gains from trade really come from?
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15. Thu, Feb 28 How does trade affect firms' productivity?
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16. Tue, Mar 5 Trade and firm entry and exit
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17. Thu, Mar 7 Team A (Trade Finance+Financial Shocks)
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18. Tue, Mar 12 Ricardo meets Krugman: The Melitz Model
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19. Thu, Mar 14 When do firms export and when do they invest abroad? Trade versus Foreign Direct Investment
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20. Tue, Mar 19 Team B (Migrant Networks and Trade)
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21. Thu, Mar 21 Team C (Migrant Networks and FDI)
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22. Tue, Mar 26 Does foreign direct investment create spillovers for host-country firms?
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23. Thu, Mar 28 How does space and distance matter? New Economic Geography
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24. Tue, Apr 2 (continued), plus final exam guidance
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25. Thu, Apr 4 POSTER SESSION

Final Exam: Wednesday April 10 at noon in BUCH B307.

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