DEC-21806 Macroeconomics and International Trade


Studiepunten 6.00

Literature study
Problem-based learning12
Course coordinator(s)dr. R Haagsma
dr. CPJ Burger
Lecturer(s)dr. R Haagsma
dr. CPJ Burger
Examiner(s)dr. R Haagsma
dr. CPJ Burger

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

DEC-10306, ECH-21806 or AEP-20306

Continuation courses:

DEC-30306, AEP-30306, AEP-31306, DEC-52806


Assuming a basic knowledge of economics, the present course deepens one's understanding of the closed economy and extends the analysis to an open economy. It explains things like inflation, unemployment, current account deficits, international debt, and depreciating exchange rates, and also pays attention to the role of economic policy instruments. In addition, it reviews the theories that explain international trade patterns between countries and also international movements of production factors. Further, it studies the effects of different kinds of trade protection like tariffs and quotas and also pays attention to political aspects of trade policy.

Learning outcomes:

After the course, the student will be able to understand the basic concepts and their application of open-economy macroeconomics and international economics. In particular, he or she will be able to:
- apply the trade theories based on comparative advantage and scale economies;
- acknowledge the gains of trade and its income distribution effects;
- analyse the effects of international factor mobility;
- establish the income distribution effects of trade instruments;
- construct (in a conceptual way) the current account and the balance of payments;
- employ both the Keynesian model and the Classical model for an open economy;
- study the effects of fiscal, monetary, and trade policies in both the short and the long run;
- show a thorough understanding of the working of the money market and the market of foreign exchange.


Lectures on the course materials. Practicals in which students make exercises on the course materials, and search actively for quantitative information (library, internet, CD-ROMs, and so on) about country differences in macroeconomic and international trade conditions and policies.


Written examination and practical exercises.


A course guide is available at the secretariat.
Mankiw, N.G. and M.P. Taylor, Macroeconomics, European Edition Worth Publishers, 2008. Krugman, P.R., and M. Obstfeld, International Economics: Theory and Policy, Addison- Wesley Publishing Company, Eighth Edition, 2009

Verplicht voor: BINInternational Development StudiesBScB: Economics of Development4WD
BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc4WD
Keuze voor: MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScC: Economics, Environment and Governance4WD
MIDInternational Development StudiesMScB: Economics of Development4WD