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Economists Actually Agree on This: The Wisdom of Free Trade

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This article was published in The New York Times.

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If Congress were to take an exam in Economics 101, would it pass? We are about to find out.

The issue at hand is whether Congress will give President Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate a trade deal with our trading partners in the Pacific. The bill is favored by some congressional leaders of both parties, including Senator Orrin G. Hatch, the Republican chairman of the Finance Committee, Senator Ron Wyden, the committee’s ranking Democrat, and Representative Paul D. Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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