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J. Bradford Jensen quoted in TheStreet article: "The 5 Reasons Economists Love Trade"

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On the face of it, the numbers look grim. We have a $40 billion foreign trade gap (the difference between the mutual values of a country's imports and exports). Manufacturing jobs have crumbled, with 20 million lost since the 1970's. In China, one of our chief economic partners, average incomes have tripled over the past ten years, while at home median incomes have largely stagnated over that same period. To see those figures it's easy to sympathize with the millions of Americans who argue that deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) hurt domestic job prospects. Yet at the same time, economists are virtually united in their position that foreign trade is good for America and Americans. In fact, as explained by J. Bradford Jensen, "I think most economists would argue for something very close to wide-open free trade."