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International Trade - JEB039
Anglický název: International Trade
Zajišťuje: Institut ekonomických studií (23-IES)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2016
Semestr: zimní
Body: 8
E-Kredity: 8
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:2/2 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 59 / 59 (59)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Další informace: http://ies.fsv.cuni.cz/en/syllab/JEB039
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Garant: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D.
Vyučující: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D.
Prerekvizity : JEB004
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Anotace -
Poslední úprava: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D. (18.10.2015)

Tento kurz svým obsahem i hloubkou záběru odpovídá standardním kurzům International Trade, tak jak jsou vyučovány v kvalitních českých i zahraničních bakalářských programech. Cílem kurzu je seznámit studenty s vývojem teorie mezinárodního obchodu a poskytnout jim dostatečné základy k pochopení logiky nejdůležitějších modelů mezinárodního obchodu a intuici nutnou k orientaci v současných mezinárodních obchodních vztazích. Kurz je vyučován v angličtině.

Bližší informace ke kurzu, stejně jako materiály k jednotlivým přednáškám a seminářům, jsou dostupné na Moodle stránkách.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D. (18.10.2015)

At the end of the course its students should:

(i)                Understand main factors which determine trade flows and effects of trade on economic structures and welfare according to mainstream economic theories.

(ii)              Understand traditional models describing effects of tariffs and quotas on national economies.

(iii)             Gain at least basic insight into the logic of latest development in trade theory (heterogenous firms).

(iv)             Know basic methods of analysis of trade flows and trade policies

Podmínky zakončení předmětu -
Poslední úprava: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D. (03.10.2017)

Continuous work during the course, active and honest participation in the teamwork, and succesful participation in both midterm and final exam are expected from all participants. There will be weekly tasks assigned to teams and a longer paper will have to be worked-out by the teams at the end of the semester.

The contribution of all the components to the final grade is as follows:

Midterm exam:                30%

Final exam:                    50%

Team assignments:          10%

Team paper:                  10%

Every of the components of the grade will be expressed in 0-100 scale, then a weighted average will be calculated with the use of the aforementioned weights.

Grading scale (based on the weighted average score):

A … 91 – 100%

B … 81 – 90%

C … 71 – 80%

D … 61 – 70%

E … 51 – 60%

F … 50% and less


The final exam (compulsory for all enrolled) will be scheduled for January-early February 2018. A special early option (late December 2017) may be provided for Erasmus students facing travel restrictions or administrative issues at their home universities.

There will be at least three options to take the final exam, the students can choose which of them suit their needs and schedule. It is possible to retake the final exam.


The final exam consists of a written test (sample questions will be provided on Moodle website). The test will include a quiz (multiple choice questions) + solution of problem sets, mainly by means of models and graphs. The creative thinking and understanding of the problem (e.g. described by a model), will be graded higher than a mere memorisation of facts or formulas.

All papers/essays worked out in this course (by teams or individuals) must be original and subject to specific rules. Plagiarism will be severely punished.


Note on seminar participation and workload:

Seminar sessions play a key role in this effort, many of the issues discussed during the seminar can be crucial for succesful completion of the assignments as well as for maximizing the chances of succeeding in the exam. Regular attendance of the seminar sessions is therefore strictly recommended.

The course workload corresponds to its weight (8 credits), which implies the calculated average timeload to students of 242 hours (this includes lectures, seminars, work on assignments, final team paper as well as studying for final exam).

Literatura -
Poslední úprava: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D. (21.09.2016)

Basic text:

KRUGMAN, P.R., OBSTFELD M., MELITZ M.J. International Economics - Theory and Policy. 10th edition. Pearson. 2014. ISBN 978-0133423648 or newer editions.

Alternative texts or texts useable for specific topics: 

HELPMAN, E. Understanding Global Trade. Belknap Press, 2011. ISBN-10: 0674060784, ISBN-13: 978-0674060784

PUGEL, T.A.: International Economics. 14th edition. McGraw-Hill Irwin, ISBN 978-0-07-3375757-5


Following online textbook is also relevant for our course: 

S. Suranovic - International Economics Study Center: http://internationalecon.com/


Please check the Moodle website of the course for latest details. It also contains handouts and links to other materials.

Sylabus -
Poslední úprava: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D. (03.10.2017)

Classes are on Fridays, in Hall 314, commencing on October 6th, 2017. Lectures 9.30 - 10.50, seminars 11.00 - 12.20. Office hours of V. Semerak: after the class on Friday in the room #311 or by appointment.

More detailed information as well as handout, datafiles or additional materials for the lectures and seminars will be gradually published via the Moodle system. Basic introduction to the use of the Moodle system will be provided during the first session.

Detailnější informace ke kurzu a materiály k jednotlivým přednáškám/seminářům jsou postupně zpřístupňovány přes systém Moodle.


Topics that will be discussed during the lectures/seminars:

  1. Introduction. Trade data and trends.
  2. Model of comparative advantage (Ricardo) and its extensions.
  3. Neoclassical models - the role of differences in factor endowments. Specific factor model.
  4. Heckscher-Ohlin model: derivation of the Leamer diagram. Stolper-Samuelson theorem. Factor Price equalization. Rybczynski theorem.
  5. Empirical tests of trade theory. Leontief paradox. Intra-industry trade. Alternative theories of international trade (Product cycles, Linder's overlapping demands).
  6. New theory of international trade: Krugman model with monopolistic competition and increasing returns to scale.
  7. Introduction to the "New new" theory - models with heterogenous firms (Melitz).
  8. Introduction to the New Economic Geography (NEG)
  9. Trade policy: basic instruments, partial equilibrium models.
  10. Trade policy: general equilibrium, large country issues.
  11. Economic integration: customs unions and free trade areas. Trade creation and trade diversion effects.
  12. Models with mobility of factors of production.
  13. Presentations of papers
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