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Why are economists, in general, advocates of free trade when the public is more skeptical? This talk will review the theoretical, moral, political, and empirical case for free trade as viewed by economists since the time of Adam Smith
Douglas Irwin is the John French Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. He is author of "Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy" (University of Chicago Press, 2017), which was co-awarded the Alice H. Jones Prize for the Best Book in North American Economic History by the Economic History Association and selected by the Economist as one of its Books of the Year in 2017. He is also author of "Free Trade Under Fire" (Princeton University Press, fourth edition 2015), "Trade Policy Disaster: Lessons from the 1930s" (MIT Press, 2012), "Peddling Protectionism: Smoot-Hawley and the Great Depression" (Princeton University Press, 2011), "The Genesis of the GATT" (Cambridge University Press, 2008, co-authored with Petros Mavroidis and Alan Sykes), "Against the Tide: An Intellectual History of Free Trade" (Princeton University Press, 1996) and many articles on trade policy in books and professional journals. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a non-resident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
Co-sponsored with the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University