ITF-110: The Political Economy of Trade

Semester: Fall

Credit: 1.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Robert Lawrence


Day Time Location
First Day 9/3
Meet Day T/Th 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM L230
Review F 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM L332
2nd Review: Fri., 11:45-1:00, L130


This introduction to international trade policy takes an interdisciplinary approach, examining the economics, law, and politics of this field. It does not assume an extensive knowledge of economics. The sequence of topics covered in the class are the gains from trade; basic instruments of trade policy (tariffs, treaties, and negotiating authority); the World Trade Organization and other international institutions; preferential trade arrangements; how trade disputes arise and are resolved; and a series of current issues such as trade in services, agriculture, investment, and labor rights. The class also simulates the Doha Round negotiations.









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