The Hidden Costs of Trade Policies

6 Jan 2020

Economics professor Kimberly Clausing explains how protectionist policies leave Oregon vulnerable

Skepticism of free trade has become an increasingly popular political stance. From the president’s trade wars and anti-immigration platform to Bernie Sanders’s rejection of key trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, ‘globalism’ is a dirty word in American politics.

Reed College cconomics professor Kimberly Clausing is the author of Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration, and Global Capital. Citing fear and misinformation on both the left and right, Clausing’s book argues that the benefits of international trade and immigration are too great for either side of the aisle to ignore.

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