Erasmus University Rotterdam
Trade & investment: evidence-based policies for development
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Trade & investment: evidence-based policies for development

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Peter A.G. van Bergeijk
Ksenia Anisimova
Binyam Afewerk Demena

Instructors: Peter A.G. van Bergeijk

Intermediate level
Some related experience required
17 hours to complete
3 weeks at 5 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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There are 5 modules in this course

After the first week (5 video lectures), you will understand key concepts and theories of international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) and describe recent trends in the world economy. With the debate over (de)globalization and development as our starting point, we analyze how (changes in) the economic context drive the formulation of new trade theories. We will discuss both mainstream and a selection of heterodox approaches. We explore concepts and theories related to FDI, provide an overview of FDI effects for host countries and discuss theories explaining investment activities across national boundaries.

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5 videos7 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

After the second week (4 video lectures) you will be able to identify national policies aimed at either stimulating or restricting international trade and investment. We discuss policies and instruments against the background of recent developments and provide context to the importance of negotiations and treaties that deal with policy instruments. You will be able to analyse where the use of bilateral economic diplomacy in state-to-state relationships can help to assist domestic companies as encounter difficulties abroad and where the contribution of economic diplomats is limited

What's included

4 videos4 readings1 quiz

After the third block (3 video lectures) you will understand the nature of internationalization, heterogeneity, and development from a micro-economic perspective. We will discuss productivity development of firms and their decision to export and import and deal with access to detailed and reliable micro-economic data sets. You will understand the microeconomic underpinnings of globalization and productivity and the process of measuring productivity development and firm heterogeneity. You will also be able to evaluate the relationship between productivity and international trade and FDI and understand the relevance of heterogeneity across firms and their productivity development and interpret their results.

What's included

3 videos3 readings1 quiz

After the fourth block (4 video lectures) you will understand analytical tools and gravity modelling dealing with evaluation of trade and/or investment policies. The Block starts with Balassa’s index of revealed comparative advantage, the Herfindahl Hirschman concentration index, and the Grubel Lloyd index that measures intra-industry trade. You will be able to apply these indicators and relate them to real-world trade issues. Next, we discuss the historical development of the gravity model, which was originally developed in the Netherlands. Finally, you will be able to evaluate challenges and propose solutions to obtain reliable estimates of gravity modelling. Building on solutions proposed to avoid empirical gravity estimation biases, you will experience and experiment with evaluations of trade policies, dealing with time and cost of border documentation and processing for exporting and importing.

What's included

4 videos4 readings1 quiz

The fifth week (3 video lectures) prepares you for actually writing a policy paper that is both accessible to policy makers, and evidence-based. We start with an overview of controversies regarding international trade and investment because policy advice needs to take a holistic view and a policy paper cannot be sound when only the benefits of considered measures are discussed. You will learn the five do’s of giving advice and how to effectively inform policy makers of scientific findings regarding trade and investment.

What's included

3 videos2 readings1 peer review


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3.8 (6 ratings)
Peter A.G. van Bergeijk
Erasmus University Rotterdam
2 Courses12,558 learners
Ksenia Anisimova
Erasmus University Rotterdam
2 Courses12,558 learners

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