Growing international trade has helped lift living standards around the world, and yet free trade is always under attack. Never more so than during a global economic downturn, such as witnessed in the past twelve months.
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 third edition has been thoroughly updated to include the latest developments in world trade–including the practice of off-shoring services, the impact of trade on wages, and the implications of trade with China-based on the latest research.
You are invited to join Douglas A. Irwin as he presents the new edition of his book, and share your questions and thoughts with the author.
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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