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International Economics

About us

At the Chair of International Economics, our teaching and research are mainly concerned with international trade and international monetary economics. We look at the causes and effects of international trade in goods and services as well as international capital flows (especially foreign direct investment). In this context, we are particularly interested in countries with a low- and middle-income level (so-called emerging-market or developing countries).

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Team

Prof. Dr. Matthias Busse
Chair of the department, Professor
Anja Deeken
Employee in technology and administration
Dr. Katja Kalkschmied
Post-Doc, Scientific assistant
Postdoc
Nina Kupzig
Scientific assistant
Johanna Meier
Scientific assistant
Paul Stricker
Scientific assistant
Jan Wüstenfeld
Scientific assistant
Joana Sulaj
Scientific assistant

Teaching

The Chair offers a wide range of lectures, tutorials and seminars in the areas of international trade and international finance as well as in development economics. If you click on the individual modules, you will get information on the respective course.

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Teaching offers

Based on either the lecture “Foundations of International Trade” or the lecture “International Finance”, the seminar will cover current topics in international economics, for example, trade protectionism or international financial crises. Participants will write a seminar paper that addresses a specific economic challenge. That includes a theoretical foundation, combined with empirical evidence and economic policy implications.
Case Studies in International Economics
Seminar
2 contact hours
WS
In this module we study the transition from long-run economic stagnation to long-run sustainable growth that is often called the “take-off”. We move beyond conventional growth theory that explains economic growth with physical and human capital accumulation and technological progress and relate investments in physical capital, human capital and new technology to institutional change, demographic change and industrialization. This will enable students to understand (i) the structural changes that preceded, accompanied, and grew out of the “take-off”, as well as (ii) cross-country differences in the timing of the “take-off”, in growth paths, and, consequently, in income levels.
Economic Growth and Structural Change
Lecture and Tutorial
3 contact hours
WS
In den letzten 50 Jahren beobachten wir in vielen Industrieländern langfristige Trends steigender Arbeitslosigkeit, sinkender Inflationsraten und rückläufiger Wachstumsraten der Produktion und Einkommen, die über kürzere Zeiträume von zyklischen Schwankungen dieser Größen überlagert werden. In diesem Modul geht es zunächst um die Ursachen dieser gesamtwirtschaftlichen Entwicklungen (Makro- Theorie). Hierfür werden grundlegende makroökonomische Modelle eingeführt und deren Vor- und Nachteile besprochen. Auf dieser Grundlage werden die Möglichkeiten und Grenzen wirtschaftspolitischer Einflussnahmen analysiert (Makro-Politik: Konjunktur-, Beschäftigungs-, Arbeitsmarkt-, und Wachstumspolitik). Dabei kommt den Erwartungen der Wirtschaftsteilnehmer eine wichtige Rolle in Bezug auf die Erfolge wirtschaftspolitischer Eingriffe zu.
Introductory Macroeconomics
Lecture and Tutorial
6 contact hours
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The seminar deals with different core topics in the area of international trade. It combines theoretical and empirical perspectives. For instance, the seminar deals with firm behavior on global markets, global value chains, trade policy or the nexus between trade and labor markets.
Seminar in International Economics
Seminar
2 contact hours
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The seminar deals with different core topics in the area of international trade. It combines theoretical and empirical perspectives. For instance, the seminar deals with firm behavior on global markets, global value chains, trade policy or the nexus between trade and labor markets.
Seminar in Advanced International Trade
Seminar
2 contact hours
WS
This seminar will deal with specific issues in development economics, such as the integration of developing countries into the world economy, poverty, governance and institutions, macroeconomic distortions, agriculture, and/or development finance. Students will apply analytical tools to understand these issues in developing countries, to examine empirical evidence, and to evaluate policy options for governments in developing countries to enhance growth rates and promote development.
Seminar in Development Economics
Seminar
2 contact hours
SS

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Research

In our research activities, we mainly focus on trade-related and institutional linkages between countries. We concentrate on inter- and intra-regional integration and institution building at the national and international level, as well as complementary aspects of financial and monetary policy. Regarding the regional focus of our research activities, we focus mainly on sub-Saharan Africa.

Research focus

Regionalism and regional trade policy
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and multinational corporations
Institution building in developing countries
Infrastructure in developing countries
Policies for sustainable food consumption

Research projects

Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment
Globalization and Industrialization
Institution Building and Good Governance in Developing Countries
Mitigating climate change in food consumption
Regional Integration in Sub-Saharan Africa
The Effect of Generator Ownership on Firm Productivity during Power Outages in East Africa
Trade Liberalisation and IMF Structural Adjustment Programs

Publications

Talea Bernatzki, Matthias Busse and Ruth Hoekstra,

Promoting Rwanda’s Business Environment: Impact of Reforms and Drivers of Change, Development Policy Review, Vol. 40 (2022), No.2, e12578.

Marvin Jahn and Paul Stricker

FDI, Liquidity, and Political Uncertainty: A Global Analysis, International Economics and Economic Policy (2022)

Johanna Meier, Mark Andor, Friederike Doebbe, Neal Haddaway and Lucia Reisch,

Do Green Defaults Reduce Meat Consumption?, Food Policy (2022)

Talea Bernatzki, Matthias Busse and Ruth Hoekstra,

Promoting Rwanda’s Business Environment: Impact of Reforms and Drivers of Change, Development Policy Review, Vol. 40 (2022), No.2, e12578.

Marvin Jahn and Paul Stricker

FDI, Liquidity, and Political Uncertainty: A Global Analysis, International Economics and Economic Policy (2022)

Johanna Meier, Mark Andor, Friederike Doebbe, Neal Haddaway and Lucia Reisch,

Do Green Defaults Reduce Meat Consumption?, Food Policy (2022)

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International Economics

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Ruhr-Universität Bochum
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Building GD Box 41
Chair of International Economics

44780 Bochum, Germany

E-Mail: iwb@rub.de

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