2.7 — The Political Economy of Trade Policy — Class Notes


Thursday, October 29, 2020 and Tuesday, November 3, 2020


Today, we look at the politics of trade policy, examining how different groups in a modern democracy have different objectives and face different incentives, culminating in trade policy that concentrates benefits and disperses costs. The tools we use are standard in “public choice” analysis — the economic analysis of politics. You can learn more in my public economics course.

Readings and Discussion Board

See this week’s required readings. There are questions to help guide your readings there, and more instructions for the required Blackboard discussion board this week.


Live Class Session on Zoom

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If you are unable to join today’s live session, or if you want to review, you can find the recording stored on Blackboard via Panopto (see Class Recordings on the left navigation menu).