ECON 136, International Economics, Fall 2015

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Class time & place

DMH 160, Mon/Wed, 9:00-10:15 AM


Syllabus and text

The syllabus is here (revised Aug. 17 to correct start date). Your text is Gerber, “ International Economics,” 6th ed., Pearson 2014

Note that we will not us MyEconLib, so don't sign up for it.


Following Prof. Hummel's example, I have divided the course into four units

  1. Unit 1: Gains from trade
  2. Unit 2: Government intervention
  3. Unit 3: International finance
  4. Unit 4: International trade organizations
You will get a handout for each unit listing key terms and concepts for which you are responsible. You will also get a “Unit 0” handout listing key terms and concepts from your Principles classes, for which you are also responsible.

Homework (25% of your grade)

You will have weekly homework assignments which will typically require four six hours of work. They are to be submitted in class, usually on Wed. The homework you submit must be your own work. Identical text answers will be consider prima facie evidence of copying.

Quizzes (12%)

I will give short quizzes in class most weeks. There is no makeup on quizzes but I will drop several of your lowest quiz scores.

Midterm exams (each 15%)

In class, Oct. 14 and Nov. 11. No Scantron forms.

Class participation

I encourage all students to participate in class with questions, comments, arguments, etc. If your course score is a borderline between letter grades I may, at my discretion, bump your grade up based on your class participation.

Extra Credit

The Economics Department sponsors the Provocative Lecture series. Three lectures are given each semester, and you can obtain extra credit by attending. Those whose schedules preclude this will be given an alternative opportunity.

Final exam (33%)

There will be a comprehensive final exam on Wed. Dec. 16 (Beethoven's birthday) in our regular classroom at 7:30AM(!).

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