International economics is not my field, even if I do find it interesting. As a graduate student, I liked this book a lot. It is not brilliantly written, and it is at times rather dull reading. BUT it a VERY clear and modern treatment of an important subject by two of the best scholars in the field. Overall, it's a very "user-friendly" graduate textbook. Not very entertaining, but it allows you to go through the material (much of it rather advanced) without too much pain, and without many leaps of faith (or pages of algebra) to go from one equation to the next. And there are many well developed applications which will help you see how the theory relates to the real world. There are many exercises to test your (or your students') knowledge of the field, whose solutions are also separately available.
Being this a graduate textbook, reading it requires a strong technical background, so if you are simply looking for a book to deepen your knowledge of a subject that you may only know through op-ed pieces, you should probably look elsewhere (e.g. undergraduate textbooks such as Krugman and Obstfeld). But if you are looking for an advanced but approachable and modern treatment of international macro, this book would be a very good bet. Highly recommended.
Here are some details about the book:
1 Intertemporal Trade and the Current Account Balance
2 Dynamics of Small Open Economies
3 The Life Cycle, Tax Policy, and the Current Account
4 The Real Exchange Rate and the Terms of Trade
5 Uncertainty and International Financial Markets
6 Imperfections in International Capital Markets
7 Global Linkages and Economic Growth
8 Money and Exchange Rates under Flexible Prices
9 Nominal Price Rigidities: Empirical Facts and Basic Open-Economy Models
10 Sticky-Price Models of Output, the Exchange Rate, and the Current Account
Some examples of the applications
- Energy Prices, Global Saving, and Real Interest Rates
- The Relative Impact of Productivity Shocks on Investment and the Current Account
- Do Government Budget Deficits Cause Current Account Deficits?
- Feldstein and Horioka's Saving-Investment Puzzle
- Government Debt and World Interest Rates Since 1970
- Sectoral Productivity Differentials and the Relative Prices of Nontradables in Industrial Countries
- Productivity Growth and Real Exchange Rates
- International Portfolio Diversification and the Home Bias Puzzle
- How Large Are the Gains from International Risk Sharing?
- How Costly Is Exclusion from World Insurance Markets?
- How Have Prior Defaults Affected Countries Borrowing Terms?
- Can Capital Deepening Be an Engine of Sustained High Growth Rates: Evidence from Fast-Growing East Asia
- Population Size and Growth
- Testing for Speculative Bubbles
- Central Bank Independence and Inflation
- Openness and Inflation
- Methods of Intertemporal Optimization
- A Model with Intertemporally Nonadditive Preferences
- Solving Systems of Linear Difference Equations
- Multiperiod Portfolio Selection
- Continuous-Time Maximization and the Maximum Principle