ØASØK3000 International Economics Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
International Economics
Bachelorstudium i økonomi og administrasjon / Oslo Business School, Exchange Programme
7.5 stp.


International Economics as a subject is concerned with effects of economic relations among nations. This is particularly relevant for small open economies like Norway. The first part of the course covers international trade theory. Why do nations trade, and what effects does this have on the domestic economy. Next, trade policy is analyzed. Why do some nations want to restrict the volume of trade, and what economic effects does this have on domestic efficiency and income distribution. Finally, the course will cover open economy macroeconomics, in particular stabilization policies under different exchange rate regimes.

Anbefalte forkunnskaper

It is assumed that students have completed introductory courses in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.


No prerequisites.



The student

  • can describe the development of trade theory over time, from Smith/Ricardo, via Heckscher-Ohlin to modern trade theory based on imperfect competition
  • knows how international trade affects economic growth and resource allocation domestically and internationally
  • knows how international trade affects distribution of income
  • knows which instruments are used in international trade policy and how these affect welfare
  • is familiar with relevant models of economic integration
  • is familiar with theories of exchange rate determination
  • is familiar with stabilization policies in open economies under various exchange rate regimes


The student

  • can show welfare effects of international trade graphically
  • can use algebra to derive changes in distribution of income following international trade
  • can show the effects of trade policy instruments graphically
  • can use models to describe effects of stabilization policies


The student

  • can reflect critically about current topics in international economic relations

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

About 50 hours of teaching and exercises.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

No course requirements.

Vurdering og eksamen

Individual written 4-hour exam will be held at the end of the semester.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

A list of reference aids allowed will be published on our website.


Letter grading A-F.


In addition to the instructor, an external examiner will grade the exam.

A selection of at least 25% of the exam papers will be assessed by two examiners. The grades awarded to exam papers assessed by the external and internal examiner will be used to determine the level of all exam papers.


Ivar Bredesen