International Trade by Steve Suranovic helps students apply economic models to the real world and focuses on the debate surrounding free trade. International Trade: Theory and Policy is built on Steve Suranovic’s belief that to understand the international economy, students need to learn how economic. Get this from a library! International trade: theory and policy. [Steven M Suranovic ; Open Textbook Library,].

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International Trade Theory and Policy

The text is very easy and readily divisible into smaller sections polciy can be assigned at different points within the course. A third is associating men with certain occupations and women with others. After Aprilyou can check out the entire book online or request a desk copy.

The author is also careful and consistent throughout the text in identifying both the strengths and limitations of the models presented. Examples of trade come primarily from the developed world, and comparatively little from the developing world ingernational referenced.

This well-known theoretical result is rarely presented as methodically and consistently as it is in this text.

The models are developed, not by employing advanced mathematics, but rather by walking students through a detailed description of how a model’s assumptions influence its conclusions. Other than my aforementioned concern about the equations, the text is well-ordered and clear.

Theory and Policy is built on Steve Suranovic? Also, such reference links could be used more extensively and consistently throughout the book, and this would be an enhancement. With respect to behavior, he examines why people choose to do things that many observers view as irrational. For instance, the notion of a PPF is internationa from the bottom-up while student understanding of indifference curves seems to be assumed.


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The text begins with an historical overview of trade policy issues to provide context for the theory. The section-end problems more often assess a student’s ability to recall information than apply or critically evaluate it. Reading the book as a pdf I was able to use the search function as a substitute for an index; for example, I wanted to review the author’s discussion of Paul Krugman’s contributions to contemporary trade theory duranovic found all references to Krugman’s work by searching for his name.

Examples of trade come primarily from the developed world, and comparatively little from the developing world The welfare analysis imternational the Ricardian, Heckscher-Ohlin and specific factors models emphasize the redistributive effects of free trade by calculating changes in real incomes.

It is important to understand the reasons why economists use the tools that they do models, graphs, equations etc. In the preface, the author expresses interest in alienating neither PhD-bound economics students nor non-economists for whom the course is required or of interest. It is true what they say, that “economists do it with models.

Moreover, it can be easily reorganized and realigned with various sub units of a course without presenting the reader with too much disruption. Equations-within text and tables- need thorough editing. While quantitative, it is not excessively so, and the reader does not have to use calculus to comprehend the book’s presentations.

International Trade: Theory and Policy

The text concludes with a detailed economic argument supporting free trade. When it is self-referential, it seems to be with good reason.


My sense is that most or all of this a formatting issue. History, Institutions, and Legal Framework Chapter 2: The book’s general content is of lasting relevance. That being said, more examples relevant to the developing, non-western world would enhance the analytical depth and relevance of the book to a non-western readership.

The use of subscripts is inconsistent and therefore confusing, and in a small number of places there are errors in equations. Evaluating the Controversy between Free Trade and Protectionism.

There is no index or glossary, but the reader can hover the cursor over key terms that appear in An instructor’s manual would be helpful, as would a second edition in the not too distant future.

Occasionally discussion of building-block components of models seems unbalanced. But more importantly, each model and theory is connected to real world policy issues. Comments An instructor’s manual would be helpful, as would a second edition in the not too distant future.

The text uses the theory of the second-best to explain why protection can improve national welfare. One way to improve the text is to develop more problems relating to higher level learning outcomes. This text has the following unique features: It is also somewhat distracting.

Tables and figures were undistorted, although as previously mentioned errors in equations complicate the reader’s ability to understand certain material.