ECON 136, International Economics, Spring 2013
Last update: May 7.
Please scroll down to find the latest information, in red.
Class time & place
DMH 160, Tue., 6:30-9PM
- Instructor: Warren C. Gibson
- Ph D. Engineering; M.A. Economics
- email: warren(at)gibson2.com
- Office DMH 143, no phone.
Syllabus and text
The syllabus is
Your text is Sawyer and Sprinkle, “ International Economics,” 3rd ed.,
Prentice Hall 2006, ISBN 013-1704168. The publisher provides a student
which you may find useful.
There will be a 5-question quiz at the start of most classes.
There is no makeup on quizzes but I will drop your three lowest quiz
In class, Mar. 19.
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.
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.
There will be a comprehensive final exam on Tue. May 21 in our
regular classroom at the regular time.
Three takeaways from the class
Long after you have forgotten graphs, formulas, and even some of
the concepts, I hope you will remember three things from this class:
- Free trade, whether domestic or international, benefits everyone
in the long run.
- Free trade and international peace go hand in hand.
- Our current system of floating exchange rates is wasteful and
destructive relative to the gold standard.
Assignments, announcements and downloads:
- (May 7)
- (Apr 28)
- (Apr 26)
Final exam study guide available here. I reserve the option to add
items. Our final exam will be held on May 21 starting at 6:30 PM,
- (Apr. 18)
Copy of the
practice questions you did in class Apr. 17
- (Apr. 10)
A couple of additions from last night's class:
spreadsheet that I handed out,
revised slightly. Check the formulas in column E and see if you
- Revised version of
Chapter 15 (9 pages).
Please download and study for Apr. 23
- (Apr. 7)
- (Mar. 13)
Slides from Mar. 12 are
- (Mar. 8)
I will show some or all of these videos in class:
- (Mar. 3)
Videos to be shown in class:
- (Feb. 24)
Class presentation for Feb. 26:
International Factor Movements
- (Feb. 19)
Class presentations shown today:
- (Feb. 2)
Spreadsheet for Feb. 5 class:
- (Jan. 24):
First Provocative Lecture,
“Is Cyber Security a Market Failure?” Thurs. Feb. 14, 5:15 PM.
- (Jan. 24): Powerpoints for Jan. 29: