Cours 2021-2022

Seminar in Macroeconomics & Trade Policies [EDEVM310]

  • 4 crédits
  • 30h
  • 2e quadrimestre
Langue d'enseignement: Anglais / English

Acquis d'apprentissage

The aim of the seminar is to train the students in the practical analysis of country economic data, the identification of macro-economic imbalances and the preparation of policy responses. The seminar is meant to complement the more theoretical academic courses by working on practical cases and historically observed situations.


The seminar will consist in ten sessions, of three hours each. The tentative organisation is outlined hereunder. Sessions 1 to 3:Concept of economic indicators (from background and environment indicators to macroeconomic surveillance) and overall overview of historical macroeconomic trends and policies for major country groups and significant business cycles. The evolution of the main paradigms underlying the economic development policies, stages of economic growth, consensus of Washington, country led paradigm will be underlined. Sessions 4 to 9:Groups of 3 students. Each group will prepare the analysis of a pre-identified country, using the indicators and concepts developed during the first sessions. The presentation of a country will be complemented by the analysis of a paper related to a particular theme (for insinstance: export diversification policy, debt reduction scheme, regional integration, trade capacity building) selected in view of its relevance for the country under review. Session 10 The last session will be used to draw together the main lessons leant during the whole seminar.

Méthodes d'enseignement

The teaching method consists in a blend of presentation by the teacher of themes, concepts and tools, and of preparation and presentation by the students of practical exercises and readings. Active participation of the students is required, both to prepare their presentations and to react to and draw together in the class the main messages and lessons from the case studied.

Mode d'évaluation

The various readings and practical works which will be asked to the students during the year, together with their active participation in the seminar will form the basis of the evaluation.

Langue d'enseignement

Anglais / English

Lieu de l'activité


Faculté organisatrice

Faculté des sciences économiques, sociales et de gestion
Rue de Bruxelles, 61
5000 NAMUR


Etudes de 2ème cycle