International Economics

Course Code: 
Compulsory Courses

Number of credits allocated: 6 ECTS Credits

Objective of the course (expected learning outcomes and competences to be acquired)

The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the subject of international economics, by focusing on the connection between the analytical tools and theories of the subject and events in the world economy.Among  the topics covered in the course are: absolute and comparative advantage; determination of relative prices; e gains from trade; effects of productivity changes on domestic and foreign welfare; international trade and income distribution; political economy of factor movements, trade policy under various market structures; political economy of  trade policy; preferential trading agreements; national income accounting and the balance of payments; the current account and foreign indebtedness; money, interest rates and exchange rates; effectiveness of macroeconomic policies; comparison of exchange rate regimes; balance of payments crises and capital flight;  macroeconomic policy goals in the open economy: internal and external balance; and international macroeconomic policy coordination.

Students are expected to be able to analyse the main determinants of the pattern of international trade flows, the effects of these trade flows, as well as the main instruments and consequences of government intervention (i.e. tariffs, subsidies) in international trade. Students are also expected to be able to understand the impact of national macroeconomic policies on output, employment, and the current account of the balance  of payments, as well as the operation and consequences of alternative exchange rate regimes. 


Basic knowledge of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics             


International Trade: Theory and Policy

Labor Productivity, Absolute and Comparative Advantage

Factor Endowments and International Trade

imperfect competition and international trade

International factor movements

The Instruments and Political Economy of Trade Policy

 preferential Trading Agreements and Economic Integration

 International macroeconomics and finance

 Balance of Payments and  national accounts

 Money, Interest Rates and   Exchange Rates

 income, Prices and Macroeconomic Policy in Open Economies

 Exchange Rate regimes  internal balance, external balance, and foreign  indebtedness

 macroeconomic policy Coordination and the International Monetary System

Recommended reading

  • Krugman, P., Obstfeld, M., and Melitz, M. (2012), International Economics, Ninth Edition, Pearson.
  • Barro, (2015), Macroeconomics, BROKEN HILL PUBLISHERS

Teaching methods : Traditional lectures-based format

Assessment methods : Final written exam

Language of instruction : Greek – English