Fall 2018 Cotter Debate: Trade Wars

(October 18, 2018)

We are now in a full-blown trade war. Unilateral actions by the Trump administration targeting steel and aluminum imports even hit political allies; ever-escalating tariffs on imports from China were quickly followed by retaliatory actions targeting politically sensitive sectors and goods. What will be the economic and political fallout of these actions? Will they help destroy the multilateral trading system that has stood tall since the end of World War II? How will they affect the imminent midterm Congressional elections?

Panelists:

Soumaya Keynes, the U.S. economics and trade editor for The Economist

Dean Baker, Senior Economist and co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)Moderated by Professor Andreas Waldkirch, Colby College.


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