Empirical Topics in the Economics of Location and Trade

 

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

 Autumn semester 2008

Marius Brülhart


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Summary   (go back up)

This course introduces students to the main current areas of empirical work on international trade and economic geography. The main focus is on empirical research that aims to test predictions of the theory or to estimate model parameters. The course also covers relevant methodological issues in measurement and estimation. The course format is highly interactive and based on readings of the leading scientific papers in the field.


Practical matters   (go back up)

This course will be held in ten sessions at Rigot R2 on Fridays, 12.15-15.00, starting on October 3rd.

Participation is open to MIS and Ph.D. students in economics.

Evaluation will be based on presentations of research papers (75%) and on classroom participation (25%).


Course structure and core readings        (go back up)

Session

Date

Course content

1

3/10/08

1st Introductory lecture: Theory from Ricardo to Krugman:

Economic Geography, Industry Location and Trade: The Evidence

The Basic Model of the New Trade Theory

The Core-Periphery Model

2

10/10/08

2nd Introductory lecture: Empirical Challenges: Measurement, Estimation and Testing

Testing Trade Theory (E. Leamer)

Measures of Specialisation

3

17/10/08

3rd Introductory lecture: Basics of Econometrics

Some Basics of Econometrics

4

24/10/08

Testing the Neoclassical Trade Model

          > Pierre-Louis Vézina (pdf)

5

31/10/08

Testing the New Trade Theory

          > Audrey Saumon (pdf)

          > Agustin Cornejo

          > Ana Cristina Molina

6

7/11/08

The Gravity Model

          > Amanda McKee

          > Vivek Joshi (pdf)

          > Audrey Saumon (pdf)

  • Santos Silva, J.M.C. and Tenreyro, Silvana (2006) "The Log of Gravity". Review of Economics and Statistics, vol. 88(4), pp. 641-658

          > Ana Cristina Molina

7

14/11/08

 Firm Heterogeneity and Trade

           > Dick Kamuganga (pdf)

          > Matthias Rieger (pdf)

8

21/11/08

(2 hours)

         catch-up session 

9

28/11/08

 

Multilateralism Versus Regionalism

          > Vivek Joshi (pdf)

          > Matthias Rieger

10

5/12/08

(2 hours)

Economic Geography and Policy

+    web appendix

    > Audrey Saumon

    > Audrey Saumon

 


Supplementary Readings   (go back up)

  • For a list of downloadable complementary papers, you can go to my webpage International Trade, Geography and Specialisation: Empirical Evidence.
  • An excellent complementary textbook is: Feenstra, Robert C. (2004) Advanced International Trade: Theory and Evidence, Princeton University Press. (This text covers a number of important empirical topics not touched on in this course, such as trade and growth, political economy of trade policy, and regional integration.)
  • For a comprehensive overview of the “new economic geography”, see Baldwin, Richard et al. (2003) Economic Geography and Public Policy, Princeton University Press.