ECON 136, International Economics, Fall 2016
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Class time & place
ENGR 401, Mon/Wed, 9:00-10:15 AM, Aug. 24 to Dec. 12.
- Instructor: Warren C. Gibson
- Ph D. Engineering; M.A. Economics
- email: warren(at)gibson2.com
- Office hours: time and place TBD.
Syllabus and text
The syllabus is
Your text is Sawyer and Sprinkle, “Applied International Economics,” 4th ed.,
Routledge 2014, available in the following versions
- Hardback: ISBN 978-0-415-74620-5
- Paperback: ISBN 978-0-415-74621-2
- e-book: ISBN 978-0-415-79752-6
Previous versions of the text will not work.
Homework (15% of your grade)
You will have weekly homework assignments which will typically require four
to six hours of work. They are to be submitted in class, usually on Monday.
The homework you submit must be your own work. Identical text answers
will be consider prima facie
evidence of copying.
I will give short quizzes in class most weeks.
There is no makeup on quizzes but I will drop several of your lowest quiz
Midterm exams (each 20%)
In class, Oct. 12 and Nov. 15. No Scantron forms.
I may increase your grade to the next level at my discretion,
based on my recollection of your participation in class
Final exam (35%)
There will be a comprehensive final exam on Thur. Dec. 15 at 7:15 AM(!).
The Economics Department sponsors the Provocative Lecture series. Three
lectures are given each semester, and you can obtain extra credit by attending.
Assignments, announcements and downloads:
- (Dec. 5) Your final exam study guide
is here. Bring
it to class on Monday with your questions. Questions also welcome
- (Dec. 4) I would like you to watch this
one-hour panel discussion entitled “The Facts on NAFTA,”
which as you know
is a hot topic currently. Before you start,
get this question
sheet and write answers as you watch the video. The
questions are in chronological order. This is due Dec. 12.
- (Dec. 1)
Slides shown Nov. 28 on real exchange rates, purchasing power
parity, and interest rate parity are
- (Nov. 27) Homework due Dec. 5 is
Two slides to help with homework
- Homework due Nov. 28 is
- Slides on purchasing power parity are
- Midterm exam Wed. Nov. 16. Bring pencils and calculator; no
Scantron. The exam covers text Chapters 10, 11, 13, and 14
up to page 319. The study guide is
to modest changes and additions. Bring your questions to class.
- The powerpoint slides I have been showing on money are
here. Only the
first 27 pages are covered on this exam. Purchasing power
parity will be on the final exam (and perhaps quizzes).
Homework #7 is posted
here. Since I'm
tardy in posting it, I'll make the due date Mon. Nov. 14.
Quiz Monday Nov. 7 as announced last Wed. This week's topic,
foreign exchange, is a little complicated so be sure to study
Chapter 14 and take good notes in class.
- (Oct. 25)
- Homework #6 due Nov. 2 is
- (Oct. 15)
- Homework #5 due Oct. 26 is
here. The assignment
asks you to read this
- (Oct. 7)
An addendum to the study guide is
- (Oct. 1)
As promised, a study guide for the midterm exam (Oct. 12)
is posted here.
I reserve the option to modify or extend this document in the
next few days.
The exam will cover topics through Chapter 8. Some of these
topics will not be discussed in class until Oct. 3 or 5.
Homework 4, due Mon. Oct. 3, is posted
- (Sep. 13)
HW1 answers available
- (Sep. 10)
- Reading assignment: text chapter 4.
- Third homework assignment, due in class Sep. 21, is
- Powerpoint slides on trade in cars and cheese are
- Provocative lecture Sep. 19, 5:15. Flier
Reading assignment: text chapter 3. Second homework assignment,
due in class Sep. 14, is here.
You can download and print
for this assignment.
(Aug. 24) Reading assignment: text chapters 1 and 2.
Homework assignment is here.
due in class Sep. 7.