Trade Data Analysis (Sociology 142D)

Building on the perspectives studied in class and the skills learned during the trade analysis instructional session, you will be expected to analyze trade patterns for a selected product over the course of at least a 10-year period. Select a product of interest and 2 or 3 countries of particular relevance to this product (e.g., highest level of overall trade flows, countries of greatest relevance to different sections of the value chain, etc.). Then, download the appropriate data for the countries and years of interest and, in 1 to 2 pages, interpret the data. The final product should incorporate at least 2 clear tables and graphs to demonstrate the described trends, and should engage in a critical analysis of trade flows between the selected countries. This paper will account for 15% of your final grade.

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