International Trade and Trade Policy

Game of zones The Economist, March 21, 2015. [Regional trade deals aren’t as good as global ones but they are still beneficial.]

The bittersweet trade policy that has kept America’s sugar prices high for decades By Svati Kirsten Narula, Quartz. []

Our Misplaced Faith in Free Trade By JEFF MADRICK, The New York Times, OCT. 3, 2014. [Globalization creates losers as well as winners. Which group's interests should drive trade policy?]

Who wins and loses from global trade? By MARK THOMA, MONEYWATCH (blog), August 21, 2014. ["The distribution of the costs and benefits of trade have been highly unequal. ... US labor markets facing increased competition from China experience a fall in labor-force participation, lower wages, and increased use of federal disability and social insurance programs."]

Analyzing Fair Trade By Timothy Taylor, Conversable Economist (blog), August 22, 2014. []

Carmakers Are Central Voice in U.S.-Europe Trade Talks By JACK EWING, The New York Times, JULY 14, 2014. [In the realm of international trade law, the truth can be stranger than fiction.]

U.S. Slaps Tariffs on Korean Steel Pipe Because of Alleged Unfair Pricing By WILLIAM MAULDIN, The Wall Street Journal, July 11, 2014. [If Upheld by Trade Commission, Move Would Bolster American Steelmakers; Korea Considers Options.]

W.T.O. Upholds Ban on Importing Seal Products By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, The New York Times, MAY 22, 2014. [Just another day at the W.T.O.]

Five Myths About Imports By LAURA BAUGHMAN, The Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2014. [When people say they are for free trade, they often mean they are in favor of exports.]

When China Bends the Rules By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, The New York Times, MARCH 27, 2014. [A World Trade Organization panel has found that China’s export restrictions on two minerals — tungsten and molybdenum — violated international trade rules.]

A Global Boom, but Only for Some By Eduardo Porter, The New York Times, March 18, 2014. [In rich countries, globalization is now often perceived as a leading driver of rampant inequality and wage stagnation. But what globalization did achieve was to greatly improve the lot of hundreds of millions of people in China and other corners of Asia.]

No Big Deal By Paul Krugman, The New York Times, February 28, 2014. [Multilateral trade liberalization agreements have run their course.]

'High-Trade' Jobs Pay Higher Wages By MATTHEW J. SLAUGHTER, The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 20, 2014. [Workers at globally engaged companies tend to earn more than workers at purely domestic companies. Expansion abroad by global companies tends to expand, not contract, their U.S. employment.]

Outsource Your Way to Success By CATHERINE RAMPELL, The New York Times, Published: November 5, 2013. [Want to get ahead in life? Apply the theory of comparative advantage to your daily life. Pay others to do the boring stuff.]

The Gains From Hyperglobalization (Wonkish) By Paul Krugman, The Conscience of a Liberal (blog), The New York Times, October 1, 2013. [A rough estimate is that globalization is responsible for about 10% of the growth the world has enjoyed since 1990.]

A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD, The New York Times, Published: September 29, 2013. [Factories are finding that years of doing business overseas has withered what once was a thriving textile and apparel work force in the United States. This may justify time-bound protectionist policies. Also, here's a blog post on the story.]

Should Slowing Trade Growth Worry Us? By Paul Krugman, The Conscience of a Liberal (blog), The New York Times, September 30, 2013. [No law says that trade has to grow more rapidly than GDP.]

Iran Staggers as Sanctions Hit Economy By THOMAS ERDBRINK, The New York Times, Published: September 30, 2013. [A currency shortage, created by Western sanctions, appears worse than previously thought, increasing pressure on leaders seeking to negotiate a nuclear deal.]

Ooops! Foreign Trade Has Immiserated U.S. Workers After All By Matthew Yglesias, Moneybox (blog), Slate, September 20, 2013. [Most of the decline in labor's share of income is in industries that face competition from imports.]

U.S. Panel Says Gulf Shrimp Producers Unhurt by Foreign Subsidies By WILLIAM MAULDIN, The Wall Street Journal, September 20, 2013. [This report provides some institutional detail about how anti-dumping claims are handled in the US. Note also that, despite an export subsidy being a terrible policy in theory, the Indian government pays "extra cash to cover ocean-freight bills on shrimp bound for the U.S."]

The Death Of Protectionism By Paul Krugman, The Conscience of a Liberal (blog), The New York Times, February 10, 2013. [In the U.S., protectionism is dead.]

Behind the New View of Globalization By EDWARD ALDEN, Economix (blog), The New York Times, August 29, 2012. [For decades, economists resisted the conclusion that trade – for all of its many benefits — has also played a significant role in job loss and the stagnation of middle-class incomes in the United States. While the evidence is still not conclusive, it is pretty strong. Trade’s effect on jobs and income, which was probably modest through the 1990’s, now seems to be growing much larger.]

U.S. Arms Sales Make Up Most of Global Market By THOM SHANKER, The New York Times, Published: August 26, 2012. [Weapons sales tripled in 2011, driven by sales to Persian Gulf allies concerned about Iran.]

U.S. Slaps High Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels By KEITH BRADSHER and DIANE CARDWELL, The New York Times, May 18, 2012. [The United States Commerce Department concluded that Chinese producers had “dumped” their products on the American market.]

Shift by U.S. Muddles Solar Imports Case By KEITH BRADSHER, The New York Times, May 17, 2012. [A decision in an anti-dumping case is expected Thursday and will focus on whether China's solar panel companies have been building market share by selling their products below cost.]