PA 856: Trade, Competition, and Governance in a Global Economy

This site provides resources for students in PA 856 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for Fall 2006 Semester

The Colombo Express, the world's largest container ship. Original source: Hapag Lloyd.

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LECTURE: MW 1:00-2:15, 6310 Social Science Building

Professor Menzie Chinn
Office Hours: MW 2:30-3:30 (tentative)
Office: 7418 Social Sciences Bldg.
Phone: (608) 262-7397
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Course Syllabus

PA856 Syllabus in PDF file.

This course provides an introduction to international trade policy. Its purpose is to provide students with an understanding of international trade theory, rules, politics and institutions and the major policy issues facing the global trading system. The first part of the course presents a treatment of the theory of international trade. It explores the rationale for free trade, the distributional impact of trade, the impact of tariffs and quotas and the challenges presented by deeper international economic integration. The second part of the course deals with the World Trade Organization. It explores negotiation mechanisms and principles and the rules relating to market access, dispute settlement, fair trade, safeguards and trade-related intellectual property. (TRIPs). The third part considers major issues facing the trading system. These include regional trading arrangements, foreign investment, China’s entry into the WTO and the Doha Development Agenda.

The required textbook are:

Paul Krugman and Maurice Obstfeld, International Economics: Theory and Policy 7/E (Addison-Wesley), available at the University Bookstore.

Kenneth W. Dam, The Rules of the Global Game: A New Look at US International Economic Policymaking 2001 (U.Chicago Press).

Additional assigned readings will be available on the Web (via links on this website). Required Additional Readings

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Course Materials and Sources of Economic Information

Downloadable Course Materials

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PA856 Trade, Competition and Governance in the Global Economy/ UW Madison / / 5 December 2006