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Some workers and firms will suffer because of international trade. In a living, breathing market-oriented economy, some workers and firms will always be experiencing disruptions, for a wide variety of reasons. Corporate management can be better or worse. Workers for a certain firm can be more productive or less. Tough domestic competitors can create just as much disruption as tough foreign competitors. Sometimes a new product is a hit with consumers; sometimes it is a flop. Sometimes a company is blessed by a run of good luck or stricken with a run of bad luck. For some firms, international trade will offer great opportunities for expanding productivity and jobs; for other firms, trade will impose stress and pain. The disruption caused by international trade is not fundamentally different from all the other disruptions caused by the other workings of a market economy.

In other words, the economic analysis of free trade does not rely on a belief that foreign trade is not disruptive or does not pose tradeoffs; indeed, the story of Technotron begins with a particular disruptive market change    —a new technology—that causes real tradeoffs. In thinking about the disruptions of foreign trade, or any of the other possible costs and tradeoffs of foreign trade discussed in this chapter, the best public policy solutions typically do not involve protectionism, but instead involve finding ways for public policy to address the particular issues, while still allowing the benefits of international trade to occur.

What’s the downside of protection?

The domestic flat-panel display industry employed many workers before the ITC imposed the dumping margin tax. Flat-panel displays make up a significant portion of the cost of producing laptop computers—as much as 50%. Therefore, the antidumping tax would substantially increase the cost, and thus the price, of U.S.-manufactured laptops. As a result of the ITC’s decision, Apple moved its domestic manufacturing plant for Macintosh computers to Ireland (where it had an existing plant). Toshiba shut down its U.S. manufacturing plant for laptops. And IBM cancelled plans to open a laptop manufacturing plant in North Carolina, instead deciding to expand production at its plant in Japan. In this case, rather than having the desired effect of protecting U.S. interests and giving domestic manufacturing an advantage over items manufactured elsewhere, it had the unintended effect of driving the manufacturing completely out of the country. Many people lost their jobs and most flat-panel display production now occurs in countries other than the United States.

Key concepts and summary

International trade certainly has income distribution effects. This is hardly surprising. All domestic or international competitive market forces are disruptive. They cause companies and industries to rise and fall. Government has a role to play in cushioning workers against the disruptions of the market. However, just as it would be unwise in the long term to clamp down on new technology and other causes of disruption in domestic markets, it would be unwise to clamp down on foreign trade. In both cases, the disruption brings with it economic benefits.

References

E. Helpman, and O. Itskhoki, “Labour Market Rigidities, Trade and Unemployment,” The Review of Economic Studies , 77. 3 (2010): 1100-1137.

M.J. Melitz, and D. Trefler. “Gains from Trade when Firms Matter.” The Journal of Economic Perspectives , 26.2 (2012): 91-118.

Rauch, J. “Was Mancur Olson Wrong?” The American , February 15, 2013. http://www.american.com/archive/2013/february/was-mancur-olson-wrong.

Office of the United States Trade Representative. “U.S. Trade Representative Froman Announces FY 2014 WTO Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar, Refined and Specialty Sugar and Sugar-Containing Products.”Accessed January 6, 2014. http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/september/WTO-trq-for-sugar.

The World Bank. “Merchandise trade (% of GDP).” Accessed January 4, 2014. http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/TG.VAL.TOTL.GD.ZS.

World Trade Organization. 2014. “Annual Report 2014.” Accessed April 1, 2015. https://www.wto.org/english/res_e/booksp_e/anrep_e/anrep14_chap10_e.pdf.

Questions & Answers

An economy exprerience inflation when?
Odirile Reply
given a table of weeks worked and numbers of goods produced per week. help to culculate margin.
Odirile
The taste of preferences of consumers will drive demand
Marisol Reply
Explanation about law of demand
Marisol Reply
The price of the good or service meaning?
Marisol
What is consumer expectation?
Marisol
Any other explanation?
Marisol
marisol u share your explaination pls
OK
The law of demand states that all other things being equal the higher the price of a commodity the lower the quantity of the same commodity demanded inversely. This implies that anytime there is an increment on a price of certain commodity the demand of the same commodity decline.
Nana
consumer expectations are the households view point regarding the market changes. If people are expecting a positive change in the market their Marginal Propensity to Consume will increase and vive versa.
arshad
Marisol are you okay with my explanation?
Nana
yes. thankyou.
Marisol
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Nana
what are the determinants of demand and explain each?
Marisol Reply
what is the price of the good or services meaning?
Marisol
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Aryan
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Aryan
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Aryan
Define microeconomics and macroeconomics..
Odirile Reply
In free market economy who market resources?
Odirile
Can you please explain how GDP is calculated?
Odirile
yes GDP meas all product produced in Economy first the country have to calculate all goods produced then we have to see the market value of goods at final stage we have to mutliple final goods to their market price we get GDP
Wani
what is consumer expectation?
Marisol
suppose country are producing 10 goods price of per good is $1 therefore GDP = 10 good × $1 =$ 10
Wani
Thank you for the answers @Wani
Odirile
most welcome odirile
Wani
what is the price of the good or service?
Marisol Reply
suppose price of per good is (ice-cream) is 5 the consumer are ready for buying 2 goods(2 ice creams) if price will increase from 5 to 10 per good then the consumer will demand only one good or one ice-cream because price is increased and his income is limited
Wani
what is income buyer?
Marisol
in law of demand we assume some factors constant some factors are income taste future preference constant
Wani
what is price of related goods or services?
Marisol
suppose your income per month is 10, 000 and your needs satisfied by these 10,000 if price of good will increase you need more than 10,000 to satisfy your needs that is why we says at higher price demand of goods decrease
Wani
What is the taste of preferences of consumers will drive demand?
Marisol
suppose you are eating pizza and u fell its taste good you will buy more pizza this called taste we assume in law of demand that taste of goods remain Same
Wani
related goods are either complementary goods are substitute goods
Wani
what is Consumer expectation?
Marisol
relationship between price and quantity? about the law of demand
Marisol Reply
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DNA
what is law of demand?
Marisol
If Prince increases, Quantity demand will decrease and vice versa. So relationship b/w price and demand is inverse. There are some exceptions also. Like complementary goods and substitute goods.
DNA
any other answers? thankyou anyways. Twas a big help.
Marisol
the law of demand states that, "conditional on all else being equal, as the price of a good increases, quantity demanded decreases; conversely, as the price of a good decreases, quantity demanded increases".
DNA
law of demand says when price of good increase there demand will decrease and vice versa in short law of demand show negative relationship between price and demand of goods
Wani
All other factors like income, taste, preference, season shall remain constant
DNA
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DNA
law of demand not apply on Griffen goods and luxurious goods
Wani
sir will u plz explain me why we add Griffen goods in aggregate demand no body explain me this question
Wani
definition of monopoly
Odirile
monopoly is a form of market where there is only one supplier , supplying the product . in other words monopoly means only one industry or enterprise are selling the product
Wani
what is monopolistic
Odirile
what are the determinants of demand and explain each?
Marisol
monopolistic competition is a form of market where there are many sellers selling differentiated product
Wani
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Aryan
answer
Aryan
determinants of demand are 1.income :- if income of a person increase its demand for products will increase 2 . price :- if price of product increase there demand will decrease and vice versa 3. taste :- if buyer feels taste of product good then his demand for that product will increase
Wani
there are 5 determinants of demand?
Marisol
yes another one is if there customer are more in Economy more good will be demand
Wani
and what is the last one? I mean the fifth one?
Marisol
the other one is related goods related goods are either substitute goods are complementary goods if goods are substitute then if price of good will increase then demand for its substitute will increase
Wani
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Marisol
What is the concept of rationality in economics
Odirile Reply
Remuneration 10000 Net trade surplus 8000 Provision for depreciation 500 Indirect taxation 700 subsides 1000 Net factor payments 500 using information above calculate: 1GDP at factor cost 2GDP at market Price 3GNP at market price 4National income
Odirile
rationality simply means that you will always go for best choice in the available set of choice.
Rahul
which actions would most likely shift the production possibilities frontier outwards?
Odirile
what is consumer expectation in economics?
Marisol
the factory that cause shift to PPC are labour force, price of inputs. use of technology etc.
Wani
Marisol where from you
Wani
thankyou for the answers.
Marisol
From the Philippines Sir.
Marisol
most welcome marisol
Wani
a. Assume that Good X is a Giffen good, illustrate and explain the income and substitution effects for a decrease in the price of good X.
Thulisa Reply
as price of good X(assume as Griffen good) decrease income of the consumer increase , consumer will demand other goods rather than the Griffen goods thus at lower prices of good X it's demand will decrease.
Wani
what is law of demand
Hugo Reply
what is the law of demand
Hugo
What is the law of demand
Hugo
just considering the relationship between price and quantity, holding other factors constant.
Donation
when the price of a commodity increases, it's demand will decrease. and when the price of a commodity decreases, it's demand will increase, other things remaining the same or constant. That is called Law of Demand.
Azka
other things remained constant there is inverse relationship between price and quantity demand i .e when price of a commodity increased the demand of quantity will decrease and vice- versa.
khatoon
right @KhatoonNafisa
Azka
Other answers about the law of demand and how it relates between the price and quantity?
Marisol
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Ibrahim Reply
it is a paradoxical situation, where two individuals acts for their self interest but don't achieve the optimal point.
Rahul
gays why we add Griffen goods in aggregate demand as we know Griffen goods have positive relationships that means if price increase demand of goods also increase .but in aggregate demand there is a negative relationship between price and aggregate output.
Wani
what is the concept of rationality in economics?
Odirile
explain the determinants of derive demand?
what financial market is all about
Emmanuel Reply
What happens to the ppf curve due to following events a) A relaxation of policies allowing more foreign direct investment into the country b) Increasing the minimum wage level c) A decrease in expenditure on research and development d) An increase in the retirement age
luvi Reply
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Ibrahim
Discuss various from the imperfect competition
ZuBaIr Reply
hi how do get your workers to be more competitive
Margaret
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Wani
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