Bonus Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on April 17, 2019

in Myths and Fallacies, Trade

… is from page 224 of my late, great teacher Fritz Machlup’s 1977 book, A History of Thought on Economic Integration; Machlup – pictured here – in this passage is summarizing his assessment of Friedrich List’s case for protectionism; the second bracketed comment is Machlup’s own:

[List’s] arguments, however, lacked the necessary analytical support. His assertion that free competition between two nations can be mutually beneficial only if both of them are in a nearly equal position of industrial development is completely unfounded. [What about several parts of a nation with different degrees of industrialisation?]


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