ECON 219

Current Economic Problems: Topics

McGill University

This course will deal with topical issues of importance to the Canadian economy.

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Sandra Saghir

ECON 219 Syllabus for Sandra Saghir — Winter 2019

McGill University
Department of Economics
ECON 219-001
Winter 2019
Dr. Sandra Saghir
Course Location: ADAMS AUD
Course meeting times:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:05pm 5:25pm
Leacock 531
Office Hours
: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:30pm-3:45pm
Number of Credits:
3 credits
This course offers students an introduction to several economic and policy
issues that regularly surface in today’s public debates. It is intended to an
audience with no prior knowledge of economics and as such it has no formal
prerequisites other than a level of comfort with basic mathematical definitions at
a pre-calculus level. While the course focuses on the economic dimension of
these issues, it also touches upon their broader sociological and political
implications. The following topics will be discussed: (i) the international trade
theory and policy; (ii) the economics of globalization: a) open-economy
macroeconomics, b) international macroeconomic policy; (iii) development:
poverty and inequality: a) the rise of income inequality and b) the gap between
developed vs. developing countries; (iv) Environmental issues (global climate
change) and their economic implication.
- P. Krugman. International Economics: Theory and Policy, 11th Edition,
- The e-book could be purchased online by clicking on the below URL:
- My Course ID is : saghir87369
- Readings/articles will also be assigned during lecture and will be
announced on MyCourses.
Your primary contacts should be the three teaching assistants listed below. You may contact them by email.
They will also hold office hours every week during
which they will help you work through problems and
answer questions related to the course material. The office hours of the TAs will be posted under
“Announcements” on myCourses.
Erwan Jain
Lan Zhang
Gabriel Rodriguez Rondon:
The TAs should be your primary contacts.
You may come during my office hours
for any issue you may have concerning the course.
Any additional readings, information and important events/ exam dates will be posted on
. You
are responsible in checking it daily.
Grading Scheme
Your grade this semester will be based on:
- A Midterm Exam (40%) (Date to be determined)
- A Final 3 hour Exam (60%)
. All examinations will be closed-note, closed book
. There will be no make-up midterm.
Tentative Course Outline
1. Introduction
Introduction to International Economics (Ch. 1)
2. International Trade Theory and Policy
World Trade: An Overview (Ch.2)
Different Trade Models (Ch.3-6)
Trade Policy in Developing Countries (Ch.11)
Controversies in Trade Policy (Ch. 12)
3. The Economics of Globalization
A. Open-Economy Macroeconomics
Money, Interest Rates and Exchange Rates
Output and Growth (AD-AS Model)
The role of technological Improvement on
Economic Growth and Macro implications
B. International Macroeconomic Policy
International Monetary System: IMF(ch.19)
Financial Globalization: Opportunity and Crisis
4. Development Issues: Poverty and Inequality
The rise of Income Inequality
The Gap between developed vs. developing countries
The Role of International Organizations in fighting
poverty and Inequality (UN-WB)
5. Environmental Issues and their Economic
Global Climate Change and Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC)
Carbon Tax Implementation and Consequences
Required Official Statements
1. McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore, all students must understand
the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic o
ences under
the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see
for more information).
2. In accordance with McGill Universitys Charter of Students Rights, students in this course
have the right to submit in English or in French any written work that is to be graded.
3. Instructors who may adopt the use of text-matching software to verify the original-
ity of students’ written course work must register for use of the software with Educational
Technologies (Email) and must inform their students before the drop/add deadline, in writ-
ing, of the use of text-matching software in a course.
4. If you have a disability please contact the instructor to arrange a time to discuss your
situation. It would be helpful if you contact the O
ce for Students with Disabilities at
514-398-6009 before you do this.
5. Additional policies governing academic issues which a
ect students can be found in
the McGill Charter of Students’ Rights” (Chapter One of the Student Rights and Respon-
sibilities Handbook available as a PDF on
6. McGill University shall strive to be recognized as an environmentally safe and responsi-
ble institution, and as a model of environmentally responsible living.” (see Environmental
Policy for McGill University)
7. In the event of extraordinary circumstances beyond the Universitys control, the con-
tent and/or evaluation scheme in this course is subject to change.

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