Modulhandbuch (Module manual)

M.184.4418 Quantitative Trade Policy Analysis
(Quantitative Trade Policy Analysis)
Koordinator (coordinator): Dr. Rahel Aichele
Ansprechpartner (contact): Dr. Rahel Aichele (rahel.aichele[at]
Credits: 10 ECTS
Workload: 300 Std (h)
Semesterturnus (semester cycle): SoSe
Studiensemester (study semester): 1-4
Dauer in Semestern (duration in semesters): 1
Lehrveranstaltungen (courses):
Nummer / Name
(number / title)
(contact time)
Status (P/WP)
(group size)
a) K.184.44181 / Lecture and Hands-on Sessions on Quantitative Trade Policy Analysis Vorlesung / Übung 30 Std (h) 120 Std (h) P 30 TN (PART)
b) K.184.44182 / Research Project on Quantitative Trade Policy Analysis Projekt 30 Std (h) 120 Std (h) P 30 TN (PART)
Wahlmöglichkeiten innerhalb des Moduls (Options within the module):
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen (prerequisites):

​W4479 Econometrics

Advanced undergraduate-level or Master-level International Trade Course beneficial

BA Economics and Business or equivalentBasic knowledge of STATA beneficial
Inhalte (short description):

​This course gives an advanced introduction to the structural gravity model as the workhorse model of international trade. It provides tools for trade policy analysis in this framework. Examples of applications are the evaluation of the effects of free trade agreements, WTO membership, or trade sanctions on trade and welfare. The lectures are complemented by hands-on practice sessions. Students are then expected to apply the acquired analytical and empirical concepts to quantify the effects of a (hypothetical) trade policy scenario in a term paper.

Lernergebnisse (learning outcomes):
Fachkompetenz Wissen (professional expertise):

​- acquire knowledge of theoretical and empirical facts in international trade

- improve their understanding of empirical work and econometric methods

Fachkompetenz Fertigkeit (practical professional and academic skills):

​- learn to apply empirical tools for the evaluation of trade policy

- train data management skills

Personale Kompetenz / Sozial (individual competences / social skills):

​- work on intercultural communication skills due to the high proportion of international students in the course of studies and English as course language

- work on project and group management

- are ble to transfer knowledge to a group of people

Personale Kompetenz / Selbstständigkeit (individual competences / ability to perform autonomously):

​- search, prepare, evaluate and use target-oriented analysis of information, data and sources

- build competence to autonomously elaborate on economic topics

- are able to organize work independently

- improve their presentation skills

Prüfungsleistungen (examinations)
Art der Modulprüfung (type of modul examination): Modulprüfung
Art der Prüfung
(type of examination)
a) Projektarbeit 1.00 %
Studienleistung / qualifizierte Teilnahme (module participation requirements)
Voraussetzungen für die Teilnahme an Prüfungen (formal requirements for participating in examinations)
Voraussetzungen für die Vergabe von Credits (formal requirements for granting credit points)
Die Vergabe der Credits erfolgt, wenn die Modulnote mindestens „ausreichend“ ist
Gewichtung für Gesamtnote (calculation of overall grade)
Das Modul wird mit der Anzahl seiner Credits gewichtet (Faktor: 1)
Verwendung des Moduls in den Studiengängen (The module can be selected in the following degree programmes)
M.Sc. International Business Studies, M.Sc. Betriebswirtschaftslehre, M.Sc. International Economics and Management, M.Sc. Management Information Systems, M.Sc. Wirtschaftsinformatik, M.Sc. Wirtschaftspädagogik, M.Ed. Wirtschaftspädagogik
Umfang QT (participation requirements):
Lernmaterialien, Literaturangaben (learning material, literature):
Yotov, Y., R. Piermartini, J.-A. Monteiro and M. Larch, “An Advanced Guide to Trade Policy Analysis: The Structural Gravity Model”, 2016, WTO/UNCTAD.
Costinot, A., and A. Rodríguez-Clare, "Trade Theory with Numbers: Quantifying the Consequences of Globalization", in: G. Gopinath, E. Helpman, and K. Rogoff (eds.), Handbook of International Economics Vol. 4, 2014, ch. 4.
Head, K. and T. Mayer, "Gravity Equations: Workhorse, Toolkit, and Cookbook", in: G. Gopinath, E. Helpman, and K. Rogoff (eds.), Handbook of International Economics Vol. 4, 2014, ch. 3.
Teilnehmerbegrenzung (participant limit):
Sonstige Hinweise (additional information):

​Medium of instruction: English

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