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 2007 Semester

A steel factory in Xingtai, North China's Hebei Province. Original source: "China's economy probably grew 10.4 pct," China, April 17, 2007.

Syllabus | Important Dates | Downloadable Course Materials and Information Sources | Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Affairs | Department of Economics

LECTURE: MW 1:00-2:15, 228 Education Building

Professor Menzie Chinn
Office Hours:
M 3-4 in Social Sciences Bldg, Rm. 7418, Tel: 262-7397
W 2:30-4:30 in 1225 Observatory Drive Associate Director’s Office, Tel: 263-1802
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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 textbooks, available at the UW Bookstore, are:

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

Important Dates

Course Materials and Sources of Economic Information

Downloadable Course Materials

Additional Required Readings

Additional Readings


News Sources



Economics and Economic Policy Links

U.S. Government Agencies

International Organizations

Current and Historical Data

PA856 Trade, Competition and Governance in the Global Economy/ UW Madison / / 13 December 2007