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Free Trade Under Fire: Book by Douglas A. Irwin

Free Trade Under Fire

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ISBN: 9780691122472    Publisher: Princeton University Press Year of publishing: 2005     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 304        Language: English
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...Read more
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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About the author: Douglas A. Irwin
Douglas A. Irwin is Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College and the author of "Against the Tide: An Intellectual History of Free Trade" (Princeton). Read more
Douglas A. Irwin is Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College and the author of "Against the Tide: An Intellectual History of Free Trade" (Princeton).
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Review:
A wealth of reporting, both of trade-theory debates and of recent political battles in America over trade, is elegantly squeezed into the book... If [Free Trade under Fire does] not change trade...Read more
A wealth of reporting, both of trade-theory debates and of recent political battles in America over trade, is elegantly squeezed into the book... If [Free Trade under Fire does] not change trade sceptics' minds, it is hard to think what else would. Economist [Irwin] sets out most of the anti-trade claims one by one (such as 'imports destroy good, high wage jobs') and then marshals the evidence to show why it just ain't so... Compelling [and] cogent. Wall Street Journal [Irwin] successfully parries nearly all arguments leveled against free trade by its critics, and does so in an engaging style, which in itself makes for lively reading. -- Gene Epstein Barron's [A] first-rate book that deals in a systematic and logical way with the arguments and myths about globalization and trade. -- Harold James National Interest Vigorous and persuasive... [Irwin] offers an especially informative chapter on antidumping duties, which have historically been supported in the name of ensuring 'fair trade.' -- Richard Cooper Foreign Affairs
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