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What are the arguments against international trade?

Note: This is post #35 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics.

Does trade harm workers by reducing the number of jobs in the U.S.? Is it wrong to trade with countries that use child labor? In this video by Marginal Revolution University, Alex Tabarrok discusses some of the most common arguments against international trade.

(If you find the pace of the videos too slow, I’d recommend watching them at 1.5 to 2 times the speed. You can adjust the speed at which the video plays by clicking on “Settings” (the gear symbol) and changing “Speed” from normal to 1.25, 1.5 or 2.)

Previous in series: The problem with tariffs and protectionism

Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).