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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.

December 19, 2014

A Conservative Defense of Opening Relations with Cuba

Embracing Cuba and its people is not endorsing the Castros and their five-decade reign of death and repression. It’s just a good first step on a long road to a freer and prosperous Cuba.

December 6, 2014

How Obama Props Up Venezuela's Dictator and His Political Mischief

Venezuela would likely be facing imminent financial collapse if it weren’t for President Obama’s opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.

September 26, 2014


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Those who oppose intellectual property rules in FTAs mostly base their rejection on a fundamental opposition to IP rights protections, rather than to the particulars of trade deals, wrote IPI's Tom Giovanetti. 

September 19, 2014

Report: Clearly in U.S. Interests to Include Intellectual Property Protection in FTAs

Intellectual property (IP) goods not only dominate U.S. exports and support a significant portion of the U.S. domestic economy, but IP protections also strengthen economic growth in countries around the world. A new paper says it is therefore crucial for the U.S. government to prioritize policies supporting innovation and creativity, especially in trade agreements.

September 18, 2014

Why Intellectual Property Should Be Included In Trade Agreements

IP goods are the largest share of U.S. exports and support a significant portion of the U.S. economy. The U.S. economy is increasingly dependent on the products of innovation, so policies that support innovation and creativity should be priorities for the U.S. government, especially in trade agreements. And nudging our trading partners toward greater respect for intellectual property rights also turns out to be in their best interests.

July 17, 2014

New Studies Set Sights On Trade Equity

As tensions escalate in hotspots around the globe, libertarians rightly remind us that it is trade, the freest trade, that brings peace and prosperity between global adversaries.

June 20, 2014

U.S. Manufacturing Making a Comeback

Manufacturing has been growing stronger thanks to the U.S. energy boom and a steady supply of inexpensive natural gas.

June 18, 2014

More Failed Votes Won't Fix America's Crony Sugar Market

IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Unilateral disarmament in America is rightly a non-starter in Congress, and if it’s a free market that we really want, zero-for-zero is the most achievable path forward.

June 18, 2014

With Cantor Gone, GOP Would Be Wise To Let Ex-Im Expire

The most significant issue affected by Cantor’s loss is one that has become a symbol for the dispute between pro-business and pro-market conservatives, writes Tom Giovanetti in the Dallas Morning News. 

May 28, 2014

New Publication: Foreign Sugar Policies Causing Global Market Distortions, Threatening U.S. Producers, Taxpayers

If market-distorting actions from four key nations are allowed to continue, the otherwise competitive U.S. sugar industry is at risk of being obliterated and the prices to U.S. consumers will be at the mercy of foreign governments and supplies.


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