corso

Numero di crediti :9

Semestre : 2° semestre

JEAN MONNET CHAIR - RETHINKING THE EU TRADE POLICY FOR DEVELOPMENT/ REUTRADE

Settore scientifico disciplinare : SECS-P/02

Numero di crediti :9

Tipologia corso:corso

lingua: inglese

Data inizio corso: Thursday, 1 March, 2018

Semestre : 2° semestre

Iscrizione al corso : Closed
Collaboratori:
Obiettivi formativi:

The Course aims at providing students with the following achievements:

Knowledge: to acquire knowledge on international trade, economic performance and living conditions in developing countries. This knowledge should include an appreciation of long and short-run trends in welfare indicators, including regional variations, and of the major policy shifts which have taken place over the last four decades.

Debates: to understand contemporary debates in development (e.g., trade and poverty, trade and vulnerability, trade and GVCs; aid effectiveness, etc.), the theoretical underpinnings of the different positions, and their policy implications.

Tools:to be equipped with the tools necessary to practice as a working economist, especially as they apply to the problems of low-income countries. These tools include an applied understanding of key economic concepts, the ability to work with and interpret economic models.

Data:to be able to collect and interpret data on developing countries. Students should become familiar with the main sources of data, knowing the appropriate source for different information, and be able to retrieve and make sense of these data.

Presentation: to be able to present arguments and information on the topic in both written and verbal form. Students should be able to summarise and present the main points from a mass of data, to highlight and present in a cogent manner the main issues in debates, and to be able to clearly present theoretical models, selecting and applying appropriate theoretical models. 

Contenuto e articolazione del corso:

The course is articulated in three different modules:

The first module(24h) (Lectures L1-L6) is devoted to the basic notions of the most important theoretical and technical background about trade policy. It will provide appropriate knowledge on the main concepts, indicators and instruments of trade policy, such as: openness in practice vs openness in policy; aggregation and policy equivalence of measures of trade restrictiveness; relative trade preferences; non-tariff barriers and their measurement issues; trade-related policy issues; trade facilitation; etc..

The second module (24h) (Lectures L7-L10) introduces the students to the EU trade policy for development, such as: its evolution over time; multilateral negotiations; preferential vs non preferential agreements; regional and intra-regional development agreements; the Economic Partnership Agreeements; the Euro-Med free trade area; the European Neighborhood Policy; the Everything but arms initiative, the EU Policy Coherence for Development, etc..

The third module (24h) focuses on some selected challenges for the EU Trade and development agenda, such as  the new patterns of vertical integration and global value chains; firms’ heterogeneity; the global imbalances and the role of emerging economies; the preference erosion of developing countries; the stalemate of multilateral and bilateral negotiations; climate change, poverty traps and vulnerability to trade openness; trade policy and food and nutrition security; inclusive growth and social innovation, etc..

This final module will be organized by mixing frontal lectures, readings of the original seminal papers; presentations and open debates.

Conoscenze e competenze che saranno acquisite:

The Course aims at providing students with the following achievements:

Knowledge: to acquire knowledge on international trade, economic performance and living conditions in developing countries. This knowledge should include an appreciation of long and short-run trends in welfare indicators, including regional variations, and of the major policy shifts which have taken place over the last four decades.

Debates: to understand contemporary debates in development (e.g., trade and poverty, trade and vulnerability, trade and GVCs; aid effectiveness, etc.), the theoretical underpinnings of the different positions, and their policy implications.

Tools:to be equipped with the tools necessary to practice as a working economist, especially as they apply to the problems of low-income countries. These tools include an applied understanding of key economic concepts, the ability to work with and interpret economic models.

Data:to be able to collect and interpret data on developing countries. Students should become familiar with the main sources of data, knowing the appropriate source for different information, and be able to retrieve and make sense of these data.

Presentation: to be able to present arguments and information on the topic in both written and verbal form. Students should be able to summarise and present the main points from a mass of data, to highlight and present in a cogent manner the main issues in debates, and to be able to clearly present theoretical models, selecting and applying appropriate theoretical models. 

Prerequisiti ed eventuali propedeuticità:
Modalità di valutazione dell'apprendimento e prova d'esame:

Written exam + oral. Attendees (more than 60% of presences) can substitute the final module with in-class presentations.

Students passing successfully receive 3 credit points for each module up to a maximum of 9 credit points according to the ECTS system (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).

 

 

 

A chi è rivolto il corso:

This course is primarily devoted to the students of the MSc Programme on Economics for Development but welcomes all European and Overseas Erasmus+  English speaking visiting students . It also welcomes MSc students coming from Institutions involved in double degrees’ agreements with Sapienza such as Universidad del Norte (Colombia); the Kazak National University (KAzNU) in Almaty; the Azerbaijani University; etc.

The establishment of this new Sapienza Jean Monnet Chair REUTRADE, under the framework of the EU Erasmus Plus Programme (https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/), contributes to a better promotion of European studies in a global perspective.

Come ottenere la tesi:

To foster additional research on the subject of the EU trade and development agenda, the chair strongly encourages students to carry out Master dissertations on the topic providing mentoring and assistance. These Master dissertations will cover a broad range of topics within the general framework, with preferences in deepen knowledge, and foster research on the sensible topics dealt during the seminar modules.

Taking advantage of the existing MoU with FAO at least one of the Master dissertation each year will be dedicated to the topic of the relationship between trade and food and nutrition security. Moreover, by taking advantage of the Erasmus+ agreement with the Department of Economics of Sussex University, a fruitful cooperation has been established with the UK Trade Policy Observatory, an independent advisory group established at University of Sussex (UK) that assists the UK Government, industry and public in addressing the critical international trade challenges posed by the country's exit from the European Union: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/bmec/research/uktpo

In this framework the chair will monitor and supervise each year at least one Master dissertation on trade and food security (in cooperation with FAO) and on the consequences of Brexit for EU trade policy and all the related issues for development (in cooperation with UKTPO). Each of these dissertations will benefit for additional mentoring and co-supervision activities by one member of FAO and/or UKTPO. This will enhance the quality of the research thanks to the concrete interaction with scholars actively involved in carrying out policies and related research activities on these topics. 

Metodi didattici:

Tools:Lectures; readings; in-class presentations; open discussion.

 

Modalità di valutazione della frequenza:

Attendees students (more than 60% of presences) can make in-class presentations for the third module as part of their final evaluation.

If they accept the mark assigned to their presentation, they can take only the first section of the written exam (i.e., from Lecture 1 to Lecture 8 included).

The final mark will be computed as the simple mean of the two marks (group presentation + section 1 of the written exam). Please recall that the oral exam is always required to get full marks.  

Please download here the list of papers for the in-class presentations: http://www.coris.uniroma1.it/sites/default/files/IEP18_PaperList_0.pdf

Please see here below the evalutations for the groups' presentations:

http://www.coris.uniroma1.it/sites/default/files/IEP18_group_presentatio...

 

 

Testi d'esame:

Reference Books:

·        For the first module:

  • Feenstra R.C., Taylor A.M., International Trade. Third or Fourth Ed., Worth MacMIllan;
  • De Benedictis and Taglioni (2011). The Gravity Model in International Trade, Chapter 4 in L. De Benedictis and L. Salvatici (eds.), The Trade Impact of European Union Preferential Policies, DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-16564-1_4,
    # Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011;

·        For the second and third modules:

Additional teaching materials: articles, ppt presentations, reports, EC communications, etc will be distributed to the students during classes.

All the  material will be posted as open access on the Sapienza web chair system of the MSc Program in Economics for Development: http://www.coris.uniroma1.it/cattedra/17155