DEC-32306 International Trade and Development Policy


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Group work8
Course coordinator(s)dr. J Pieters
Lecturer(s)dr. J Pieters
H Pamuk
Examiner(s)dr. J Pieters

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

DEC-21806 Macroeconomics and International Trade; DEC-20806 Introduction to Development Economics; ECH-21806 Microeconomics or AEP-20306 Economics of Agribusiness; some econometrics, economic models.

Continuation courses:

DEC-30306 Central Themes in Development Economics; Thesis.


The course focuses on topical issues of globalization, trade liberalization and economic development in developing countries. The theories pertaining to these processes are discussed; the roles played by international organizations (World Bank, IMF, WTO), the private sector, governments, and local institutions; and the specific issues of developing countries. Through assignments for presentations and papers, students will address some of the current issues relation to international trade and development.

Learning outcomes:

- master economic theories behind international trade policies, market liberalization, and economic development in developing countries;
- assess the economics of the potential effects of globalization and trade on economic growth, income distribution, and poverty;
- analyse recent empirical trends in globalization, international trade flows, trade policy reforms, and growth in developing countries.


Lectures , group work and an individual paper (partially problem oriented).


- written exam with open questions exam (75%);
- individual paper (20%);
- group presentation (5%).


Articles from recent literature.

Restricted Optional for: MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScC: Economics, Environment and Governance1AF
BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc1AF