International Economics

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9780071240604: International Economics

This classic text has sold well for over 35 years because it covers all the conventional areas of international economics in an easy-to-understand manner. The 12th edition has been thoroughly revised and it continues to be accessible, flexible, and interesting to economics and business majors alike. Like earlier editions, it also places international economics events within an historical framework. The overall treatment continues to be intuitive rather than mathematical and is strongly oriented towards policy.

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In Chapter 5 on Growth and Trade, there is a new section on how openness to trade can enhance a country's economic growth. In the post-Cold War era, this subject, like all the ones below, will factor significantly into economic decisions faced both by business people and policy makers.
The Euro: this major economic event, dominating discussions throughout the world, is now discussed prominently throughout the text. The Euro is introduced in chapter 1 as an important change that makes International Economics an exciting field to study, then it is revisited frequently in the text:
-In Chapter 16 as a box, 'Birth of a Currency'
-Throughout Parts 3, 4, and 5 in examples
-In Chapter 20 when key features of current global monetary systems are presented
-And in Chapter 24 when government choice of exchange rate policies is examined
The Eleventh Edition incorporates recent exchange rate crises in Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Russia and Brazil, especially in Chapter 20 in the coverage of the current exchange rate system, in Part 4 in the discussion of macroeconomic policy issues, and in Chapter 26 in the section on Financial Crises.
Consistent discussion of and reference to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in international trade policy.
Export Dumping: the material on the dumping of exports in Chapter 10 (Pushing Exports) has been reorganized and sharpened. The chapter now includes data on recent anti-dumping actions and the discussion of the use of anti-dumping policy as a protectionist device. These updates to the book are important because the number of countries that use these anti-dumping policies has been rising, and the U.S. is now a major user of these policies and a major target of them.
NAFTA: the discussion of NAFTA has been updated, and it now includes a treatment of the important rules of origin. MERCOSUR, the free trade area of South American countries, is now introduced; this is significant because this is the first effective free trade area among developing countries.
The Environment: the section on trade and the environment has been substantially revised and reorganized to grapple with questions such as 'Is free trade anti-environment?' and 'Is the WTO anti-environment?' The examination of the environmental impact of trade now includes a serious discussion of domestic and trans-border pollution plus a rigorous discussion global environmental problems, and a look at the effect of the provisions of NAFTA on the environment. The key to these revisions is that there is a sharpened focus on the economic analysis of the subject; students are therefore endowed with an intuitive understanding of the concepts.
Chapter 13 (Trade Policies for Developing and Transition Countries): The authors have added a section that focuses on trade policies in the transition economies (Central and Eastern Europe as well as the former Soviet Union). Emphasis is given here to the speed of transition'cold turkey vs. more gradual approaches. Here there is also a new summary table of trade reform, destination of exports, and changes in real GDP. As today's students become tomorrow's international business people, they need to come to learn about these new economic players.
Chapter 14 (The Political Economy of Trade and Agriculture): The section on the politics of protectionism has been reorganized to focus on winners and losers in protectionism and the various types of political activities such as voting and lobbying, plus the different political institutions and processes. The chapter now provides students with an improved framework for understanding the effect of different political pressures regarding such issues as approving NAFTA or the entry of China into the WTO.
End-of-chapter questions and problems have been updated and increased. Each chapter has at least ten questions and problems. Every odd-numbered problem will have an answer provided at the back of the text. Students will now be able to check their understanding of the material more effectively.
Data in charts, tables and graphs have been thoroughly updated to reflect the most current information available, and the art has been significantly changed and upgraded.
The Eleventh Edition continues the authors' tradition of presenting the most up-to-date material in the most reliable, clearest form. Recent developments in International Economics have been included. See below under New Features for the many content updates.
The text covers all of the conventional topics in International Economics while grappling with the issues that are being discussed in today's economic journals and newspapers.
Applications taken from real economic situations appear in two-color boxes, so students immediately see the relevance of theory to world economics.

About the Author:

Thomas Pugel (Upper Montclair, NJ) is professor of economics at New York University's Stern School of Business.

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