Sunday, September 2, 2007

Trade Imbalance

A bit old, but I am still clearing our my back log of reading. Cafe Hayek's Don Boudreaux has a great post on trade imbalances.

Mr. Gettelfinger grumbles that "the U.S. and South Korea have a huge imbalance in auto trade." Well, duh - that's an inevitable consequence of specialization. Although we cook in our household, my family still has a huge "imbalance" in the prepared-food trade with McDonald's. But we would make ourselves only poorer if my family and I refused to buy from restaurants that do not buy equal amounts of prepared meals from us. In this case, what is true for each household is true for the collection of households that we call the United States.


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