Magazine April 11, 2016, Issue

The Truth about Trade

(Roman Genn)
It has revealed, not created, problems in the American economy.

It is virtually impossible to tune in to political TV or radio without hearing presidential hopeful Donald Trump promise to restore American manufacturing glory by imposing punitive tariffs on imports from China, Mexico, and any other country that pops into his golden dome. Trump’s shtick, repeated ad nauseam since he first started toying with a presidential run in the 1990s, is replete with errors and myths. But buried therein is an important kernel of truth about America’s labor market and its distressing lack of dynamism — a problem exposed, though certainly not caused, by free trade.

Imports have inarguably affected U.S.

Scott Lincicome is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and a visiting lecturer at Duke University Law School. The views expressed are his own.

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