Aims and Objectives of the Course - 2023/24

The module has the objective of exposing students to the main issues under debate in applied economics, including national and regional economic growth and economic policy.

Students will be able to understand, critically assess and present these issues according to the standards of the economics profession.

Every session will include class exercises to enhance the student's learning skills.

Knowledge and Understanding

The course aims at exposing students to both basic and advanced topics in International Economics concerning international, national, and regional issues. Students will be able to grasp and critically elaborate on these topics. At the end of the course, students will achieve a firm understanding of the basic and some advanced issues of International economic analysis, under both static and dynamic dimensions.


Students will be able to elaborate on the topics discussed critically during class discussions. They will be able to present the issues discussed from a critical and comparative perspective using the main tools of economic analysis.

Communication Abilities

Students will be able to analyse and present the main results of scientific economic research and economic policy reports on the topics studied in the course in a synthetic and yet exhaustive style, also to a non-expert audience.

Learning Abilities

Students will be able to browse/query international, national and regional databases and analyse basic economic data. They will be able to extend their abilities to research and understand the course topics in international scientific journals and economic reports on economic and social issues.


Lecture Syllabus
Gross Domestic Product, Value Added
Private and Public Consumption
Private and Public Investment, Interest Rates
Employment and Unemployment
Taxation, Government Expenditure, Sovereign Debt

International Trade Theory: Comparative Advantage, The Hecksher-Ohlin Theory, and The Technological Gap or Imitation Gap Model.

Imports, Exports, Foreign Direct Investment, Trade Balance and the Balance of Payments. Exchange Rates


Handouts & didactic materials

International Economics handouts will be made available on the website. and on the Unipa official MS Teams channel dedicated to the subject 

Main economic statistic data in use will be those issued by the World Bank, OECD, International Monetary Fund, Eurostat, European Central Bank and, for Italy, Istat and Banca d’Italia