Free Trade Under Fire: Third Edition

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Princeton University Press, Jul 20, 2009 - Business & Economics - 328 pages
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Growing international trade has helped lift living standards around the world, and yet free trade is always under attack. 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.

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User Review  - Trent Rock - Goodreads

This book dispels the myths about the perils of free trade. It makes a pretty good case for the promotion of free trade. Lots of graphs and data to back up the arguments. There was not one myth, that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christina - Goodreads

Irwin gives a good look at the problems and progress that is the World Trade Organization. If you are looking for a book that goes beyond the WTO spectre, this isn't for you, but it is a good source on WTO contriversy Read full review

About the author (2009)

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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