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Unpopular free trade is better than popular protectionism

Unpopular free trade is better than popular protectionism

There is at least one concept that all presidential candidates agree on: Free trade is bad. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), although this trade agreement is specifically designed to "contain" China, which alone should have made it a crowd-pleaser.

But free trade is not only unpopular among politicians and union workers. As an economics teacher, I asked college students about their opinions on free trade, and those students who spent their first back-to-school week studying comparative advantage and gains of trade day in and day out, said free trade was a good idea but should not be the policy of this country. They...

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