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Advanced international trade

Branch(es) of study : Economics and business management
academic year

Course teacher(s)

Paola CONCONI (Coordinator) and Mathieu PARENTI

ECTS credits


Language(s) of instruction


Course content

This course is divided into four topics, all related to various aspects of globalization. The first part deals with the spatial distribution of economy activity within countries and the role of intranational trade. The second part focuses on the impact of globalization for economic development and inequality. A third part covers the role of supply chains and their implications for contemporaneous trade policy. The last part discusses the market power of large multinationals and how corporate taxation (or the avoidance of) shape their activity.

Objectives (and/or specific learning outcomes)

The objective of the course is to present advanced material on trade policy and some selected topics on globalization.


Required knowledge and skills

A 3rd-year undergraduate course in microeconomics and international trade are necessary. 

Teaching methods and learning activities

Interactive lectures and presentations.

Contribution to the teaching profile

This course contributes to the following objectives: 

  • Integrate sustainable development into problem analysis.
  • Identify and apply the relevant analytical tools and scientific knowledge to analyse an economic problem in depth.
  • Identify and analyse an issue using the relevant analytical tools and methods.
  • Display critical thinking and develop autonomous learning strategies and techniques.

References, bibliography, and recommended reading

A list of relevant papers will be distributed in class.

Course notes

  • Université virtuelle

Other information


Mathieu Parenti : mathieu.parenti@ulb.be




Method(s) of evaluation

  • Other
  • written examination

Written exam, participation (and presentations if time allows).

Mark calculation method (including weighting of intermediary marks)

Final grade based on a written exam and participation (possibly a presentation of a paper, if time allows).
Unjustified absence will decrease mechanically the participation grade.

Language(s) of evaluation

  • english