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KINT 4700 - Introduction to International Economics: A History of Globalization (Lecture)

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English


no calculus is required but there are one or two elementary equations and lots of (a) graphical theory (b) statistical results in the readings. For Fall 2018, please note that on September 10th and September 24th, you will have 2 consecutive sessions from 17:00-19:00 and from 19:15-21:15. All the dates are indicated in the main course schedule.

Course Description

Globalization is possibly the most overused word in contemporary social science, but it is far from being a new phenomenon nor is globalization irreversible. This course provides an introduction to the history of the international economy over the past two centuries, and asks: What were the political and technological underpinnings of increased trade, capital and labour flows during the period; what were the effects of these flows on income distribution within countries; and what political responses did they provoke? What can explain the deglobalization experienced in the years between 1914 and 1945? What, if any, were the connections between globalization and convergence? Between globalization and growth? Along the way, we will cover such basic topics in international economics as comparative advantage, the gains from trade, factor proportions theory, international factor flows, and the political economy of trade.


  • HABE, James Hiroshi (Doctorant)
  • O'ROURKE, Kevin H. (Professor of Economics)

Course validation

Assessment will be based on a take-home mid-term paper (33%) and a two-hour final examination (67%).

Required reading

  • K.H. O'Rourke and J.G. Williamson, Globalization and History: The Evolution of a 19th Century Atlantic Economy (MIT Press, 1999); henceforth, Globalization and History
  • Ronald Findlay and Kevin H. O'Rourke, Power and Plenty: Trade, War, and the World Economy in the Second Millennium (Princeton University Press, 2007), henceforth Power and Plenty