Trade & Development : Focus on Free Trade Agreements Hardback
Edited by William R. Stevens
Free trade is a type of trade policy that allows traders to act and transact without interference from government.
Thus, the policy permits trading partners mutual gains from trade with goods and services produced according to the theory of comparative advantage.
Under a free trade policy, prices are a reflection of true supply and demand, and are the sole determinant of resource allocation.
Free trade differs from other forms of trade policy where the allocation of goods and services amongst trading countries are determined by artificial prices that do not reflect the true nature of supply and demand.
These artificial prices are the result of protectionist trade policies, whereby governments intervene in the market through price adjustments and supply restrictions.
Such government interventions generally increase the cost of goods and services to both consumers and producers.
Interventions include subsidies, taxes and tariffs, non-tariff barriers, such as regulatory legislation and quotas, and even inter-government managed trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) (contrary to their formal titles.) -- any governmental market intervention resulting in artificial prices that do not reflect the principles of supply and demand.
This important book gathers the latest research from around the globe in this dynamic field with a focus on: trade relations with China, Brazil, South Korea, Canada, Australia and the Middle East among others.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 412 pages, tables & charts
- Publisher: Nova Science Publishers Inc
- Publication Date: 18/05/2010
- Category: International trade
- ISBN: 9781607416401