INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Economics 3860   Spring, 2006

Instructor: Noel Brodsky
Office: 2831 (215D) Coleman Hall
Phone: 581-6334 Hours: 1:00pm-2:00pm MWF or by Appointment
Homepage:  http://www.eiu.edu/~econinfo
Email: nbrodsky@nospam.eiu.edu (delete the nospam.)

    2 Regular Exams (100 points each)                             = 200 points
    2 Article Summaries (Word Processed - 20 points)     =   20 points
       Summary 1, 10 points, Summary 2, 10 points
    1 Internet assignment - 5 points)                                 =     5 points
    1 Final Exam (cumulative)                                          = 100 points
                                                                           Total     325 points

Expected Grade Distribution and Curve Structure:
    Curve Structure: Average exam score will be set at or near a baseline "B", whenever necessary.  Each exam has its own curve, absolutely determined one week after the exam is returned.

    The Cutoffs are as follows:
88% = A, 77% = B, 66% = C, 55% = D, below 55% is an F

Special Information:
Article Summaries:
 The article summaries will be a short (1 page, double spaced not including graphics) evaluation of a current situation relating to International Trade or International Finance.  Current means the paper must analyze an article dated from this semester (January, February, or March 2006).   The summaries must note relevant economic analysis of the article.  Lack of economic analysis or an international economic topic is an automatic 0 grade for the summary.  The article should be from print media, not the Internet.  The summary must include an attached copy of the article being summarized.
 The summaries must utilize a word processor, done by the student turning in the paper in for his or her grade.  Failure to do this will result in a failing grade for the paper.  The summaries may be turned in on the Monday following the Friday due date, with the loss of 2 letter grades, each day thereafter, one letter grade is lost.  Good sources for these summaries include: The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week, Barrons.  Under no circumstances should you copy any other person's work, and you must cite all sources.

Internet Assignment: Go to the homepage of Noel Brodsky: (http://www.eiu.edu/~econinfo) your internet assignment will be found there, as well as its due date.  Optionally, you may complete the 5 assignments to introduce you to the Internet, and the 3 advanced assignments to build a homepage, though no credit will be given for them.  You are required to have your own university student account, your name must be on it.  All Internet correspondence to me must be on that account. Under no circumstances should you copy any other person's work.

Make-Up Exams: There must be a very compelling reason to be granted a make-up exam, which, if at all possible, should be arranged in advance.  I do not intend to give make-up exams, if I can avoid it.
If you have a documented disability, and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact me as soon as possible.

     Summary due dates:

    (1) Friday, February 24, 2006 at 3:00pm
    (2) Friday, March 24, 2006 at 3:00 pm

International Economics - Economics 3860


N. Brodsky, Instructor

Text: The World Economy, 6th edition, Yarbrough, Beth V. and Robert M. Yarbrough, Thompson Southwestern, USA, 2003.

Note: The numbers that appear on the left side of the titles refer to chapter and pages in the text. The pages identify areas to read carefully in; other areas remain important, and will be noted in class.

I. Introduction

II. The Theory of International Trade: Demand and Supply

2. (p. 26) Adam Smith and Absolute Advantage

2. (p. 27) David Ricardo and Comparative Advantage

2. (p. 33, p.34 and p.37) The Gains from Trade

3. (p. 54, p.58) The Heckscher-Ohlin (Neoclassical) Theory

10. (p. 258) The Rybczynski Theorem (Economic Growth I)

4. (p. 77) The Stolper-Samuelson Theorem

4. (p. 80) The Factor Price Equalization Theorem

11. (p. 303) Import-Substitution Development Strategies

11. (p. 306) Primary-Export-Led Development Strategies

****** EXAM 1 ******

III. Trade Policy

6. (p. 137) What Happens When a Small Country Imposes a Tariff?

6. (p. 137, 139) The Effects of a Tariff

9. (p. 193) Arguments for Protection

6. (p. 142) What Happens When a Large Country Imposes a Tariff? (The Optimal Tariff)

6. (p. 146) The Effective Rate of Protection

9. (p. 240) Efforts at integration: Success and Failure (The EU and NAFTA)

IV. Currency Markets and Exchange Rates

13. (p. 368) What's in the Balance of Payments Accounts

12. (p. 343) The Foreign Exchange Market - Spot Rates

12. (p. 341) The Foreign Exchange Market - Arbitrage

12. (p. 343) Buying Currency Now for Delivery Later - Forward Rates

12. (p. 344) Interest Parity

18. (p. 535) Absolute Purchasing Power Parity

18. (p. 536) Relative Purchasing Power Parity

18. (p. 337) Empirical Evidence on PPP

****** EXAM 2 ******

12. (p. 350) Demand and Supply in the Foreign Exchange Market

20. (p. 617) The Fixed-versus-Flexible Debate

16. (p. 465) Macroeconomic Goals in an Open Economy?

***** FINAL EXAM (comprehensive)*****