Barriers to Free Trade

Lekachman, Robert
August 1954
New Republic;8/16/54, Vol. 131 Issue 7, p19
This article presents information on the book "Trade, Aid, or What?," by Willard L. Thorp. Certainly the network of restrictions which has increasingly circumscribed trade among the nations has fostered much inefficiency and much absurdity. An example cited by Professor Thorp occurred in the postwar period. For some time Swedes could purchase typewriters and printing equipment in England but not in Sweden and Englishmen could acquire these same items in Sweden but not in their own country. Both nations had been so eager to promote exports that they had banned domestic sales. Presumably the only beneficiaries of this policy were the merchant marines of the two countries and writers.


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