IR 213: The Global Economy

For Fall 2012 I am teaching IR 213: The Global Economy. Figure out why paper money has value, how migration affects your job prospects, and whether the Greeks are going to take us all down with them. Also, pointers on how to get rich and how to save the world.     

The syllabus for the course is here (Updated November 25).  The course is difficult, but it is also awesome.

My office hours are Tues 8:30-10AM, Weds 10-11AM in SoS B9. 


Lecture Slides

Lecture 1: Introduction

Lecture 2: Supply, Demand, Complements, Substitutes

Lecture 3: Comparative Advantage 

Lecture 4: Terms of Trade

Lecture 5: Sources of Comparative Advantage

Lecture 6: Barriers to Trade

Lecture 7: Domestic Politics of Trade

Lecture 8: A Little Trade History

Lecture 9: Current Debates (See Kate's Slides)

Lecture 10: Trade and Development 

Lecture 11: Review and Trade Wrap-Up

Lecture 12: Money

Lecture 13: Balance of Payments

Lecture 14: The IMF

Lecture 15: Financial Crises

Lecture 16: Writing

Lecture 17: Foreign Investment (1)

Lecture 18: Foreign Investment (2)

Lecture 19: Development Strategies

Lecture 20: Foreign Aid

Lecture 21: The World Bank

Lecture 22: The Political Economy of Migration

Lecture 23: The Cultural Politics of Migration

Lecture 24: Frontiers in the Global Economy



Homework 1

Homework 2 

Paper 1

Paper 2

Study Guides

Midterm Study Guide Part 1 (revised)

Midterm Study Guide Part 2

Final Study Guide Part 1

Cool Stuff

Global glut of solar panels, Chinese state owned enterprises and state-owned banks are going to take huge losses.  File this under "picking winners is risky business."

This is an alternative to my lecture on the history of world trade.  It covers a fair amount of things I don't -- and its pretty engaging. Since we blast through the history very quickly in class, I thought I would offer you some filling-in.  

Check out this article on Russian oligarchs spendings millions on British lawyers. Law and order = comparative advantage.

Also, curious about how the US Sugar industry makes its case for continued protection? Check out this industry web page.