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Free trade harms the developing world.

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Started: 11/3/2013 Category: Economics
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ejkwon

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If there were free trade, would it be better to produce food or other goods?

As people's incomes increase, they want to buy more luxury goods (such as electronic goods); but once they have enough food to avoid being hungry, they do not need to buy extra food. Therefore, countries that specialize in producing luxury goods find that the demand for their products grows over time, and they get richer. Countries that specialize in producing food find that the demand for their products remains stable, and their income remains the same. Compared with the countries making luxury goods, the countries producing food become worse off. This problem is known as the agricultural problem.
In real life, no country produces only food or luxury goods, and we need to remember this when we think about international trade.

the problem with free trade?
Free trade means competition, and competition can be risky, particularly when it affects a country's prosperity. Countries often want to protect themselves against the effects of free trade. They can make foreign goods more expensive by imposing taxes ('import tariffs') on them, which means that consumers have to pay more for them. This protects the people in their own country who produce those goods, because they do not have to compete against cheaper foreign imports.

In practice, trade has never been free, because some countries have taken steps to protect themselves. However, trade is freer for some countries than it is for others.

There are several ways that countries can protect themselves from free trade such as 'quotas', 'subsidies', or 'import tariffs'. Because developed countries are trying to protect their producers, more and more other producers in poorer countries become difficult since they are uncertain from year to year, how much of their products will be bought.

EX) Cotton farmers in the USA are protected by a quota system. The US government tries to ensure that these farmers receive a stable income. If the price of raw cotton in the USA falls below a certain level, then the government will begin to limit the amount of cotton imported into the country.
zubin

Con

I accept your challenge I will argue for free trade for developing nation. My first argument shall be that free trade increase demand for goods made by nations at the developing world therefore increasing employment. Without free trade surplus good or crops would be wasted as they could not be sold.

the second argument free trade helps the third world by allowing them access to more advance good than would otherwise be possible, for example a cotton farmer in Brazil might be able to buy a better cotton engine resulting in more cotton which he could sell increasing his quality of life
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why does every one forfiet
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