Seminar International Economy : trade

lecge1334  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar International Economy : trade
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 10.0 h

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The main objectives of this workshop are to teach students: " To develop coherent economic argument; " Reading and summary skills; " To development arguments and written skills; " To present an argument; " To work in a group.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
During this seminar, students will write a report analyzing the patterns of trade of a country, assess the benefits and risks associated with these patterns and derive policy recommendations as to the trade policy that the country will follow. The work has a large quantitative part as it requires downloading primary data and analyzing them with the help of a statistical software. It also requires the capacity to apply solid analytical economic reasoning to draw conclusions and policy recommendations. Students will also get acquainted with the main trade theories and debates on trade policy through this work.
Teaching methods
After some initial lectures and sessions on how to use Stata, students work in groups, including two compulsory meetings with the professor when they receive feedback on their work. At the end of the semester, all groups hand in their work and present in front of the class.
Evaluation methods
The evaluation for this seminar is mainly based on the report that students write in group and on their presentation of the report. Participation to the intermediary meetings and to the presentation is compulsory and active participation is an integral part of the final grade. The exact weight assigned to each component of the grade will be announced on Moodle at the start of the semester.
Other information
Some prior knowledge of microeconomics and econometrics would clearly be an asset.
The communication between the professor and the students takes place through the electronic platform Moodle. You should enroll in the course on Moodle to have access to the online documents such as course notes, slides and additional material that will be posted.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Additionnal module in Economics