An Introduction to International Economics

An Introduction to International Economics : New Perspectives on the World Economy

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This book is designed for a one-semester or two-semester course in international economics, primarily targeting non-economics majors and programs in business, international relations, public policy and development studies. It has been written to make international economics accessible to wide student and professional audiences. The book assumes a minimal background in microeconomics and mathematics and goes beyond the usual trade-finance dichotomy to give equal treatment to four 'windows' on the world economy: international trade, international production, international finance and international development. It takes a practitioner point of view rather than a standard academic view, introducing the student to the material they need to become effective analysts in international economic policy. The website for the text is found at
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 117 b/w illus. 51 tables
  • 1139026194
  • 9781139026192

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'An Introduction to International Economics is one of the rare economics textbooks that students actually enjoy reading. Kenneth Reinert covers an enormous range of material on international economics succinctly and in a language that students can understand. It is the perfect book for a one-semester course on international trade and finance, which also offers chapters on multinational enterprises and economic development for professors who wish to emphasize those topics.' Robert A. Blecker, American University, Washington DC 'This is a lively book, written with great clarity. It does not overwhelm the students and yet manages to teach them the basic theory, and its application to policy problems, with great effectiveness.' Arvind Panagariya, Columbia University 'Students loved this text because of its breadth of content, depth of analysis, and overall accessibility. I would not hesitate to use this book again, particularly in an interdisciplinary environment.' Jonathan B. Wight, University of Richmond
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Table of contents

Preface; 1. Windows on the world economy; Part I. International Trade: 2. Absolute advantage; 3. Comparative advantage; 4. Intra-industry trade; 5. The political economy of trade; 6. Trade policy analysis; 7. The World Trade Organization; 8. Preferential trade agreements; Part II. International Production: 9. Foreign market entry and international production; 10. Foreign direct investment and intra-firm trade; 11. Managing international production; 12. Migration and international production; Part III. International Finance: 13. Accounting frameworks; 14. Exchange rates and purchasing power parity; 15. Flexible exchange rates; 16. Fixed exchange rates; 17. The international monetary fund; 18. Crises and responses; 19. Monetary unions; Part IV. International Economic Development: 20. Development concepts; 21. Growth and development; 22. International production and development; 23. The World Bank; 24. Structural change and adjustment.
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