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Monday, December 5, 2016

Trade, Facts, and Politics [feedly]

Trade, Facts, and Politics
http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2016/12/trade-facts-and-politics.html

Paul Krugman responds to Tim Duy:

Trade, Facts, and Politics: I see that Tim Duy is angry at me again. The occasion is rather odd: I produced a little paper on trade and jobs, which I explicitly labeled "wonkish"; the point of the paper was, as I said, to reconcile what seemed to be conflicting assessments of the impacts of trade on overall manufacturing employment.
But Duy is mad, because "dry statistics on trade aren't working to counter Trump." Um, that wasn't the point of the exercise. This wasn't a political manifesto, and never claimed to be. Nor was it a defense of conventional views on trade. It was about what the data say about a particular question. Are we not allowed to do such things in the age of Trump? ...

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