cod. 1001371

Academic year 2017/18
3° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Politica economica (SECS-P/02)
Type of training activity
70 hours
of face-to-face activities
10 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

This course aims to provide students the basics of the international economic theory and the determinants of the evolution of international trade and multinational corporations. At the end of the course, the student should be able to:analyze, understand, and explain the determinants of growth and decline of the main economic variables at a world-wide level;explain the effects of international trade on the economy;express an opinion concerning how the most important economic policy authorities (governments and the international economic institutions) can affect the main economic variables in the aim of increasing economic welfare worldwide;understand the history, the functioning and the importance of multinational corporations.obtain the tools required to understand and elaborate the main economic statistics at a world-wide level; attend an interview on economic issues (concepts, definitions, implications) with professionals and/or public sector operators;use the techniques of analysis of macroeconomics and microeconomics, in order to to explain briefly complex issues by means of economic data, charts and analytical formulae.


A basic level of knowledge in the field of micro and macroeconomics.

Course unit content

The first part of this course is taught by Prof. Baiardi, and the following topics are covered during the lectures:An introduction to international economics;Early Trade Theories: Mercantilism and the Transition to the Classical World of David Ricardo;David Ricardo and Comparative AdvantageExtensions and Tests of the Classical Model of Trade; The Basis for Trade: Factor Endowments and the Heckscher-Ohlin Model and its empirical Evidence;Gains from Trade in Neoclassical Theory;Balance of Payments and economic Policy in the Open Economy Under Fixed and Flexible Exchange Rates;Free trade versus Protectionism;Finance and Globalization: focus on the financial crisis in 2007;Globalization, Low wages and culture.The second part is taught by Prof. Landini, and the following topics are covered during the lectures:An introduction to globalization and transnational corporations (TNCs)Foreign direct investment (FDI): evolution and concepts;Early theories of FDI: Marxist approaches; Neoclassical paradigm, Hymer’s seminal work;The product life cycle theory;Transaction cost approaches and Dunning’s eclectic framework;Evolutionary theories of the TNCs;New trade theories and the activities of TNCs;Nation-states and TNCs’ strategic behavior;Resources, networks and the TNC; Innovation and the TNCs;Effects of TCNs on labor, trade and balance of payments.

Full programme

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First part: D. Appleyard, A. Field, International Economics, McGraw-Hill, 2017 (8th Edition) Second part: G. Ietto-Gillies, Transnational Corporations and International Production, Edward Elgar, 2012 (2nd edition).

Teaching methods

The teaching activities will consist of both combining lectures and active presentations. The course is organized in 2 teaching modules. Each module includes 30 hours of lesson and 5 hours of presentations.During the lessons, the theoretical concepts and models of international macroeconomics and microeconomics will be introduced with an application to the behavior of multinational companies. Lessons will favor students' participation and critical evaluation of the main topics discussed.The students will also be exposed to collections of case studies and scientific articles with the object of applying the theoretical knowledge discussed during the lessons to practical problems. Each student will have the opportunity to choose a case study or a scientific article to present individually or in a small group (maximum two students). During the presentations, the teacher will facilitate discussion by the rest of the classroom so as to make presentations an active part of the course.The slides used to support lessons will be loaded weekly on the Elly platform. To download the slides, you need to subscribe to the online course.The teacher is available during student reception hours for explanations on lessons and presentations.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final student evaluation is carried out following two alternative paths that must be chosen by the student:- Innovative pathFor each module (Prof. Baiardi and Prof. Landini), the final exam has two steps:1) an individual or small group presentation (up to two students) of a case study or a scientific article to be held during the course. The student must demonstrate that he understands, and is able to apply, the fundamental concepts discussed during the lessons to the specific case at hand (the score ranges from 0 to 10).2) a written examination during the official schedule of the department, upon online enrolment. The exam lasts 1 hour and consists of 2 open-ended questions to be chosen out of 3 possible alternatives (for each question the score ranges from 0 to 10). The question will be related to the topics discussed during the course.- Traditional pathThe final exam consists of a single written exam, which consists of two parts, relating to the two modules. After having enrolled online during the official schedule of the department, the student will have to support: a) a written exam for Prof.ssa Baiardi's module (50% of the total vote); And b) a written exam for Prof. Landini's module (50% of the total vote). Each written exam lasting 1 hour consists of 2 open-ended questions (each score ranges from 0 to 15).During the first part of the course students will be required to declare the assessment path they intend to undertake and students who will choose the innovative course will be given the opportunity to choose the case study or scientific article to be presented during the course.Both for the innovative and the traditional path the final results are published on the Esse3 portal. Students can view the exam, after taking an appointment with the teacher.

Other information

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