Book Talk: Clashing Over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy
Ended January 30
Sharon Tribou-St Martin

Book Talk: Clashing Over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy

Douglas A. Irwin, John French Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018   |   4:30pm   |   041 Haldeman Center, Dartmouth College   |  free and open to all

Should the United States be open to commerce with other countries, or should it protect domestic industries from foreign competition?

Clashing over Commerce is the most authoritative and comprehensive history of US trade policy to date, offering a clear picture of the various economic and political forces that have shaped it. As the Trump administration considers making major changes to US trade policy, Irwin’s sweeping historical perspective helps illuminate the current debate.

"Tells the history of American trade policy, showing that trade is neither dull nor deserving of the attacks on it. . . . As Mr Irwin spins this grand narrative, he also debunks trade-policy myths.”  The Economist

Author of Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy(University of Chicago Press, 2017), 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 a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has also served on the staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.   

Co-sponsored by the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, and the Dartmouth College Library.


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