Ricardo Free Trade Theory
This paper argues against the common view that free trade is somehow based on ,or at least parallel to, Ricardo's theory concept of comparative advantage.
# 49044 | 1,035 words | 4 sources | APA | 2004 |
Published on Feb 23, 2004 in Economics (International) , Political Science (Political Theory) , International Relations (General)
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This paper discusses that the entire export-import theory of Ricardo stops working when government intervenes, which explains why his theory of free trade was flawed. The author points out that David Ricardo believed when free trade takes place, goods and services move from one country to another, which means production levels would have to increase. The paper stresses that Ricardo's theory may not be able to stand the test of close analysis and examination because it is based on rather unrealistic assumptions.
From the Paper:"For decades, people have readily embraced this theory believing it to be the most important concept in economics and especially in free trade. However, that is not the case especially not after most barriers to international trade have been removed. This is because with more mobility of capital and labor, countries, which previously did not enjoy comparative advantage in some product, can now easily shift prediction to cheaper locations and reach the same level of resource consumption as its rival countries."
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