Where: UT's Campus, UTC (University Teaching Center) 1.144

Traditionally, American presidents (regardless of political party) end up supporting free trade--or at least less restricted trade. Then came President Trump. He has invoked tariffs and possible renegotiation of longstanding trade agreements. Academic economists are all but unanimous on the benefits of free trade, but a few dissenters say free traders live in a fantasy land, ignoring economic reality.

Join us for what promises to be a lively debate about the real-world consequences of free trade vs. nationalist trade policies.

Dr. Michael Hudson is Professor of Economics at UMKC (Kansas City) and Peking University (Beijing). He is the author of Trade, Development and Foreign Debt (2002), "America’s Protectionist Takeoff,” and most recently, “J is for Junk Economics,” as well as many other books on economic theory and history.

Dr. Farhad Rassekh is professor of economics and associate dean in the Barney school of Business at the University of Hartford, where he has been teaching since 1989. He teaches courses in managerial economics and international economics. He is the author of Four Central Theories of the Market Economy (Routledge, 2016).  He has also published numerous articles in academic journals including in the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Inquiry, and others.

Sponsored by the Texas Economics Association and the James Q. Wilson Forum with generous support from the Austin Institute, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the John Templeton Foundation.

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