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The Economics of Trade

Oct. 15, 2018 | St. Louis

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B. Ravikumar | St. Louis Fed

B. Ravikumar discusses why economists back international trade and what research says about its effect on the U.S.

International trade sounds simple enough: It's the buying and selling of goods, services and assets between countries. But people's reactions to it are complicated. Economists tend to be supportive, but some people are skeptical about whether international trade is good for the United States.

B. Ravikumar, senior vice president and deputy research director, discusses why economists back international trade and what research says about its effect on the U.S. A panel discussion and audience Q&A follow Ravikumar's presentation. Learn the mechanics of trade and hear the research.