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Il corso tenuto dal Professore Pierluigi Montalbano in inglese avrà inizio dal 1 Marzo 2018.

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) 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) 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.


The Seminars are scheduled as follows:


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