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“It is the maxim of every prudent master of a family, never to attempt to make at home what it will cost him more to make than to buy . . . . If a foreign country can supply us with a commodity cheaper than we ourselves can make it, better buy it of them with some part of the produce of our own industry, employed in a way in which we have some advantage.”

-Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, 1776

IPI believes the United States should aggressively pursue trade liberalization, which includes a willingness to lower our own trade barriers even when other countries do not respond reciprocally.  Ideally, those efforts include multilateral agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but bilateral agreements can also promote freer trade. 

American consumers bear the brunt of the protectionist impulse through higher prices on consumer goods, and American workers are best served when liberalized trade policies facilitate the export of American products throughout the world.  At a time when protectionist sentiments are growing, it is important to assert that the U.S. and its workers have nothing to fear from trade, and everything to gain.

February 28, 2014

Kerry Wants Another Failed Global Environment

If the Obama administration really wants to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions without hamstringing the world economy with costly energy restrictions, it would stop its perpetual slow-walk of drilling permits on federal lands and offshore and give a full-speed-ahead to natural gas exports.

February 9, 2014

U.S. can sweeten its sugar trade by ending subsidies

The best solution to sugar (and other agriculture) subsidies is a freer and more sustainable global sugar trade system, and that should be the strategic goal of U.S. sugar policy.

January 30, 2014

Solving the Sugar Subsidy Problem

The sugar subsidy problem will never be solved until WTO member nations can agree to a freer and more sustainable global sugar trade system. Such a system should be the strategic goal of U.S. sugar policy.

January 28, 2014

Conservatives Should Know It Takes Big Government to Stop Free Trade

Some conservatives face a dilemma: They don’t like free trade, but trade, including with other countries, is what free people naturally do. And the only way to limit that freedom is with a big, interventionist government, which conservatives have always opposed.

November 16, 2013

LNG export would be good for Maryland

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Liquid natural gas exports could generate 9,500 jobs in Maryland alone by 2035 and increase state wages.

November 5, 2013

Note to Treasury: Germany Is the Solution, Not the Problem

The U.S. Treasury is criticizing Germany for being so successful at selling its products and services to other countries, and encourages the country to adopt the failed polices that are undermining economic growth in the U.S. and several EU countries.

October 31, 2013

WTO Should End Sugar Subsidies to Create Freer, Global Market of Treats, Not Tricks

The global sugar market has become a distorted maze of tricks, rather than treats, with more than 100 countries producing and subsidizing sugar production and exports. A new IPI publication says it’s time for the Obama administration to commit to eliminating subsidies and trade barriers for sugar and other agricultural commodities by pushing for such an agreement at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

October 31, 2013

Solving the Sugar Subsidy Problem

The problem of sugar subsidies frustrates those who believe in free markets and limited government and who oppose corporate welfare. But surrendering our consumer market to low-price manipulation simply makes us vulnerable to future high-price manipulation. Ultimately, the sugar problem can only be solved through a reformed and liberalized global sugar trading system, which should be the strategic goal of U.S. sugar policy.

October 10, 2013

Why North America needs an energy free-trade zone

A North American energy free-trade zone would lead to energy self-sufficiency much more quickly, while dramatically increasing economic growth for all three countries.

September 6, 2013

Throwing Away the World's Biggest Economic Opportunity

So long as India blatantly disregards  the intellectual property of its trading partners as part of its economic strategy, India will continue to throw away the world’s biggest economic opportunity.


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