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Ian Fletcher

I Am Leaving the Coalition for a Prosperous America

Ian Fletcher | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

This is my last post as Senior Economist of the Coalition for a Prosperous America. After two years with this organization, I will be leaving to retu...

The Libertarian Delusion That "Real" Free Trade Would Work

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

It's time for libertarians to stop taking ideological refuge in an ideal world we don't live in. The problems of free trade in the real world cast doubt on their ideology.

Libertarianism, the New Anti-Americanism

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

The South Korea Free Trade Agreement, America's largest free-trade agreement since NAFTA, is back on the front burner. So when the libertarians speak up on this issue, as they will, just remember where their hearts are.

Economics: How to Cure a Sick Discipline

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

America's financial mess and our festering trade crisis were both caused by bad policies that mainstream economics told us were OK. This has made the public cynical about economists. What should we do to restore the discipline?

How Do Other Nations Balance Their Trade? Try Germany

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Despite Germany's nominal policy of free trade, in reality, a huge key to its trading success is a vast and half-hidden thicket of de facto non-tariff trade barriers.

Chinese Currency Manipulation is Real, But it's America's Fault

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ian Fletcher

Despite the Obama administration's desperate efforts to keep the issue off the boil, Chinese currency manipulation is back in the news again. Treasury...

Uncle Sam, Global Trade Sucker

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

How can the United States, the sole global superpower, get pushed around by foreign nations when it comes to negotiating trade agreements?

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Legitimate Case Against Free Trade

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Serious economists actually recognize a number of very serious criticisms of free trade -- even economists who ultimately decide that free trade is better than the alternatives.

Are Fixed Exchange Rates Coming Back?

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Fixed exchange rates are quite likely America's best bet to avoid being victimized by exchange-rate manipulation on the part of other nations.

Protectionism Didn't Cause the Great Depression

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

The myths behind Smoot-Hawley continues to poison U.S. policymaking even today, as it renders the U.S. government fearful of retaliating against problems like Chinese currency manipulation.

The Mythical Concept of Trade War

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ian Fletcher

Supposedly, no matter how bad our problems with our trading partners get, they are less bad than the catastrophe that would ensue if we walked away from our current policy of unilateral free trade.

Debating Free Trade vs. Protectionism, Round One Replies

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Using a tariff to fix the economy is like performing a lobotomy with a spade--not the right tool.

Why Is "Free Trade" Conventional Wisdom?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stan Sorscher

For some reason, when we design rules for global commerce, we choose free trade policies that place highest priority on investor rights, and push the interests of civil society into the shadows.