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Econ - International Trade

by: Elina Doolabh

Econ - International Trade Economics 150

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These notes cover international trade -imports -exports
Introduction to Economics
Dr. Veronica Sovero
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Economics, Sovero, WFU, wake forest, International Trade, ECON 150
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Date Created: 02/24/16
CS, PS, and International Trade Economics 150 -Can the US increase its total surplus when it engages in trade? -There are winners and losers, but total surplus increases - Government intervention will create DWL Setup P = world price of a good P = domestic price of a good without trade **Consumers lose out on international trade, while producers make profit If PS < P , the US has a comparative advantage in this good US W If P > P , then the US does NOT have a comparative advantage Ex. Soybean Market  If the US opens itself to international trade, then it must take on the world price of soybeans US  Since the P of soybeans in this example is $2 cheaper than the world price, the price of soybeans in the US goes up by $2 since they take on the world price. o As a result, the demand for soybeans in the US goes down, but the quantity supplied by the US suppliers goes up. o The difference between the quantity supplied by the US suppliers and the quantity demanded in the US market is what is exported. Recap - If a country allows for free trade: o Exports: producers gain from trade (gain surplus) o Consumers lose surplus o Overall increase in surplus (gains from trade) Imports - If domestic supply ≠ domestic demand, then countries import the difference - Consumers are happy to import because they gain surplus, producers lose some surplus US W P > P Export CS ↓ PS ↑ Change in total surplus = positive PUS < PW Import CS ↑ PS ↓ Change in total surplus = positive - When a country imports goods, producers will try to restrict trade by using tariffs - Tariffs make the import more expensive. It is a way of discouraging imports - They might also implement quotas o Quota: a cap on the number of an item that can be imported Trade increases total surplus. So why are we restricting trade / why are so many people opposed to free trade? 1. Jobs get outsourced  Reduction in employment for that good where the US does NOT have a comparative advantage, but, consumers will have extra money to spend on other goods. (Increase employment in other sectors)  We have a comparative advantage in other goods (Those sectors win benefit from trade) Restrictions: wasted time and resources deciding what goods get tariffs, what goods don’t  Santa costume lawsuit o Cheap Santa suit = classified as a festive good (NO tariff) o Fancy Santa suit = apparel (tariff)


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