International Economics and the Political Economy of Borders
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What role do international borders have in regulating, stimulating and depressing economic activity? What role do borders have in determining who is relatively rich and who is poor? Nations regulate international flows of financial capital, labor and exports/imports of goods across their borders. They impose import quotas and tariffs, and control who may legally work in their countries. Differences in wages, and other costs stimulate workers and businesses to migrate. In this program, we will study theories of international trade and finance, and World-Systems theory. We will use these theoretical frames to examine international economic issues such as free trade (NAFTA and WTO), the regulation of labor crossing the U.S. Mexican border, the United States' unilateral application of tariffs on imported Chinese goods, and the impacts of the formation of the European Union and subsequent Brexit process.
The program will consist of three parts. Morning lectures and workshop will focus on international trade and finance theory, and quantitative methods. Afternoon seminar readings will focus on World-Systems Theory, international political economy and topics related to flows of capital, labor and trade. Finally, students will engage in two mini-research projects. One will focus on a topic related to the international flow of labor, finance or trade. For example, how have differences in economic sovereignty shaped the debt crises and constrained possible remedies to the monetary imbalances of Greece (a member of the European Union), Argentina (a sovereign nation) and Puerto Rico (a colony of the United States)? The second project will examine dynamics related to a specific nation and its borders. For example, why have the Philippines become a primary source of much of the world's migrant labor? Why have United States corporations migrated south to Central America while Central Americans migrate north to the United States?
To successfully complete this program students need access to a computer and reliable internet. Students should expect to spend 11 hours in synchronous meetings using Zoom, Canvas, and shared document platforms such as Google Docs. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous (in person or remote) participation if conditions require.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
economics, political economy, international studies and political science.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Day
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 10:00 am
Located in: Olympia