Lecture notes in European Economics
Cillian Ryan (University of Birmingham)
LEVEL: First year UK
Knowledge base: Basic understanding of Supply and Demand presumed; basic ability to understand graphs in Economics; GCSE Mathematics.
Module Name: European Economics Issues
Description: At Birmingham most of our students are mainstream Single or Joint Honours Economics students. All are taking a course on Economics Principles in parallel with this module, but we expect them to have a basic grasp of Supply & Demand at this stage, either through A levels or through a crash course in week 1.
One way to characterise this course, is that it takes all the European bits out of the Sloman Economics textbook (Prentice Hall) and concentrates them into a single thematic course in order to give students a chance to see the theory they are studying in 'Principles' in an applied setting. The material in Sloman is supplemented by some of my own notes on the principles underlying international trade (L2, highly simplified for first years -arguably overly so) and some material extracted from Baldwin & Wyplosz (The Economics of European Integration, McGraw Hill) and Swann (The Economics of the Europe, 9th Edition, Penguin Economics, London, 2000). Baldwin and Wyplosz is in general too advanced for first years but there are one or two sections which are very valuable even for this level.
The introduction to each PowerPoint Lecture points the student to the relevant reading source where relevant. Finally, the lecture slides occasionally contain links to relevant parts of the WinEcon package which students may have via their textbook or avaiable from Winecon.com for a modest fee. The links in the text take them directly to the relevant part of the WinEcon package.
Each Lecture designed for 2 hour session with short break.
- L1-An introduction to some European Economic comparative discriptors
- L2: The Evolution of the European Single Market - The theory
- L3: The Evolution of the Euopean Single market - Application to the EU including discussion of trade creation and trade distortion
- L4: The Common Agricultural Policy
- L5: The Common Agricultural Policy Continued
- L6: Exchange rate Theory
- L7: The European Monetary System
- L8: Optimum Currency Areas
- L9: European Competition Policy
- L10: European Regional Policy:
- This lecture is integral to the module, both because of the importance of addressing the regional impact of trade liberalization in earlier lectures (industry gains and losses within countries and core versus periphery activity across the EU) and because it introduces students to a range of economic geography concepts. The lecture is almost exclusively based on Baldwin & Wyplosz (Chapter 9) and for that reason is not included here. The text book site is: http://www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk/html/0077121635.html
Finally:End of Semester Assessment;
This module is assessed by a ‘TIMED essay’ in the last week of term and a traditional 2 hour exam in the Summer. For the times essay the students are given the topic in advance and are allowed to prepare one A4 page of notes in advance, which must be included with the written essay. I am flexible about how long the take to write but I expect an average of about 80/90 minutes. If they wish, students are allowed to consult textbooks outside the room during the Timed Essay (although they rarely do – but it provides them with an additional psychological security blanket)). See How to get better essays while reducing your work and plagiarism
Nick Potts (Southampton Solent University)
Module name: European Business Environment.
Three sets of lecture notes for a module on European integration aimed at 2nd year Business students.
- European integration & birth of EU
- Economic and Monetary Union: Exchange rates & the ERM
- Recent Institution Questions
Liliana Hiris (Robert Gordon University Aberdeen)
Module Name: European Economy
Level: Final year UK management students
These are the 10 2-hour lectures that make up this course (find corresponding classes under seminar / workshop materials)
- Lecture 1: The European Economy in Perspective
- Lecture 2: Customs Unions
- Lecture 3: Trade Policy Instruments
- Lecture 4: The Single European Market
- Lecture 5: The European Monetary Union
- Lecture 6: Theoretical Background and Euro facts
- Lecture 7: EU Competition Policy
- Lecture 8: EU Competitiveness (1)
- Lecture 9: EU Competitiveness (2)
- Lecture 10: EU Enterprise Policy
Mike Walsh (Coventry University)
Module Name: The European Union: Economic Policy
- The Common Agricultural Policy
- Common Agricultural policy reform
- Common Market Theory
- International Economic Integration
- EU Competition Policy
- EU Social Policy
- Enlargement of the European Union
- Public Debt and the EU
- EU regional policy
- Single European Market 1
- Single European Market 2
- Trade and Offer Curves in the EU
- The Economics of Transition
Richard Connoly (University of Birmingham)
These lecture notes are designed for an MBA course on how economic developments shape political risks with a focus on Russia and the transition economies of Eastern Europe.