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ECON302 International Trade

A theoretical and applied approach to explaining the pattern of international trade and the effects of government interventions through international trade policy.

This paper introduces the main concepts relating to the international trading system and its institutions and reviews both traditional perspectives and important recent developments in international trade theory. Emphasis is placed on using theory to interpret trade data and to analyse the motivations behind existing trade policies and institutions. In particular, we aim to understand the welfare gains from trade, what accounts for observed patterns of trade and who benefits from various trade policies. Special attention is also given to protectionist trade policies and the political economy of protection, as well as the merits and drawbacks of bilateral trade negotiations.

Paper title International Trade
Paper code ECON302
Subject Economics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $912.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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ECON 201 or ECON 271
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Commerce, Science
Teaching staff

Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Murat Ungor


Textbooks: Most of the readings for this paper will come from: Robert C. Feenstra & Alan M. Taylor, International Trade 5th ed. (Worth Publishers, 2021).

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

After completing the paper, the successful student will be able to:

  • Determine the different advantages and costs of international trade from the various viewpoints of modern trade theory
  • Identify and interpret important links between the dominant trade theories, as well as their respective limitations
  • Apply modern trade theory in analysing related policy questions, including the effects of trade barriers and industry protection, and conditions that yield the highest potential gains from trade
  • Understand the structure and politics of international trade negotiations and associated institutions such as the WTO
  • Communicate relevant economic critiques of trade policy and identify many common nonsense arguments

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 13:00-13:50 29-34, 36-41
T2 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 29-34, 36-41
T3 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 29-34, 36-41
T4 Thursday 13:00-13:50 29-34, 36-41