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The US Gains from Trade: Valuation Using the Demand for Foreign Factor Services

Arnaud Costinot, Andrés Rodríguez-Clare

NBER Working Paper No. 24407
Issued in March 2018
NBER Program(s):International Trade and Investment

About 8 cents out of every dollar spent in the United States is spent on imports. What if, because of a wall or some other extreme policy intervention, imports were to remain on the other side of the US border? How much would US consumers be willing to pay to prevent this hypothetical policy change from taking place? The answer to this question represents the welfare cost from autarky or, equivalently, the welfare gains from trade. In this article, we discuss how to evaluate these gains using the demand for foreign factor services. The estimates of gains from trade for the US economy that we review range from 2 to 8 percent of GDP.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w24407

Published: Arnaud Costinot & Andrés Rodríguez-Clare, 2018. "The US Gains From Trade: Valuation Using the Demand for Foreign Factor Services," Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol 32(2), pages 3-24. citation courtesy of

 
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