Tag: free trade

Trump’s Trade War Has Ugly Consequences »

The Democrats could not have asked for a better ally than Donald Trump when it comes to trade protectionism.

The Boon of Growing U.S. Imports from Mexico »

Since NAFTA went into effect in 1994, U.S. imports of goods from Mexico have grown from about $4 billion per year to about $28 billion (annual rate as of March 2017). Americans have also purchased a lot more services, not counted in this measure, from Mexicans during the past two decades (e.g., tourist services...
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How the UK Can Benefit from a Free Trade Future After Brexit—Even Outside the Single Market »

[This article was co-authored with David Paton and David Blake, and first appeared on TheConversation.com.] The benefits of free trade have been familiar to economists since Adam Smith. Trade encourages specialisation and leads to lower costs, higher productivity and higher living standards. Yet for some economists, things are different when it comes to the...
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You Can’t Go Home Again, but . . . »

A melancholy saying reminds us that you can’t go home again. I know I can’t. My parents have been dead for decades, and my brother Bill, my only sibling, died three years ago. Moreover, the house in which we lived when I was growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s has been...
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Brexit Can Herald a New ‘Golden Era’ for the City of London as a Global Powerhouse »

On June 23, 2016, the British people voted to leave the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Lancaster House speech on January 17, 2017 then made it clear that the United Kingdom would opt for a hard Brexit: It would leave not just the EU, but also the European Economic Area, membership of which...
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Trump’s Tactic Is Certain to Create “Regime Uncertainty” »

President-elect Donald Trump’s so-called Carrier deal, which seems to amount to a threatening conversation he had with Carrier’s managers, combined with some tax concessions by the state of Indiana, exemplifies the approach he has more or less announced he will take in dealing with U.S. companies that propose to move operations abroad. He threatens...
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I, Peach: A Lesson in Comparative Advantage »

As part of my lunch today, I enjoyed a big, ripe, sweet, firm peach. “So what?” you may be asking. Well, my doing so is more remarkable than one might think. You see, I live at the extreme end of the road, near a remote, isolated village in the farthest southeast corner of the...
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How Not to Make America Great Again »

Donald Trump promises to “Make America Great Again.” Unfortunately, his “us versus them” view of economic exchanges, prominent in his “America doesn’t win anymore” rant, would fail introductory economics. And his protectionist promises cannot make us great again, only less great and poorer. Trump’s protectionism rehashes a bogus patriotism argument. Imports are pilloried as...
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Douglass C. North (November 5, 1920 – November 23, 2015) »

I met Douglass C. North exactly forty-eight years ago, during the final week of 1967, when the American Economic Association was holding its annual meetings in Washington, D.C., and I went to Doug’s room at the Shoreham Hotel to be interviewed for a faculty opening at the University of Washington, where he was chairman...
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The Biggest Threat to North Korea Might Be Dessert »

This past summer, some 200 South Korean activists and North Korean defectors launched 50 balloons into North Korea. The purpose? To deliver 10,000 Choco Pies—a cake and marshmallow combination coated in chocolate (think Moon Pie)—to the citizens of North Korea. The pies saw their introduction in North Korea in 2004. The treats were given...
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