Master’s degree in International Economics and Business

International Economics

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Name of lecturer
Riccardo Fiorentini
Riccardo Fiorentini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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secondo semestre (lauree magistrali) dal Mar 1, 2021 al Jun 1, 2021.

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at giving students knowledge of causes and effects of international trade, of trade policies and of the role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in the regulation of world trade. Thanks to participation in classroom seminars and workgroups students shall improve their communication skills and upon completion of the course students shall be able to understand the dynamics of international trade and use both economic theory and the main international databases in order to evaluate the impact of international trade flows on countries specialisation in production and domestic welfare.


Comparative advantages and the Ricardian theory of international trade;
The Heckscher-Ohlina theory of international trade;
Limits of neo-classical theory of international trade;
The Leontieff Paradox and empirical tests of the Heckscher-Ohlin theory;
Technical change and international trade: the neo-technological approach;
Imperfect competition and intra-industry trade;
International factor movements
International trade, tariffs and protectionism;
The role of WTO in the world economy.

Textbook: Appleyard and Field, International Economics, McGraw Hill, 9° edition, 2017 (chapters from 1 to 15 only)
Additional material shall be available on the e-learning site of the course.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Appleyard, Field International Economics (Edizione 9) McGraw-Hill 2017

Assessment methods and criteria

Because of the COVID-19 emergency, at the moment it is not possible to give precise details on whether the final exam will be written or oral online. No intermediate exams shall be scheduled.
Additional informations will be diffused as soon as they became available.

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