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Free Trade Under Fire: Second Edition

by Douglas A. Irwin

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I’ve been reading so much about free trade and economics in The Economist that I decided to read a book about it. I came to the topic with major misgivings, and when I finished the book I still had them. The author is cheerfully doctrinaire in citing economic studies and prejudices and blithely disregards the impact that free trade has on individuals. He even claims not to understand the enduring, even mounting opposition to free trade in this country. I wish he had written about the events of the Doha round of WTO negotiations. ( )
  baobab | Nov 10, 2010 |
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Growing world trade has helped lift living standards around the world, and yet free trade is always under attack by opponents. Critics complain that trade forces painful economic adjustments, such as plant closings and layoffs of workers, and charge that the World Trade Organization serves the interests of corporations, undercuts domestic environmental regulations, and erodes America's sovereignty. Why has global trade become so controversial? Does free trade deserve its bad reputation? In Free Trade under Fire, Douglas Irwin sweeps aside the misconceptions that litter the debate over trade and gives the reader a clear understanding of the issues involved. This second edition includes a new chapter on trade and developing countries and updates the entire text to deal with new issues such as outsourcing and steel tariffs.

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Summary: Why has global trade become so controversial? Does free trade deserve its bad reputation? This book sweeps aside the misconceptions that litter the debate over trade and gives the reader an understanding of the issues involved.

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