Is the U.S. Trade Deficit Sustainable?

Is the U.S. Trade Deficit Sustainable?

Is the U.S. Trade Deficit Sustainable?

Is the U.S. Trade Deficit Sustainable?

Synopsis

The United States trade deficit has hit record levels and continues to rise. Is a chronic and widening deficit sustainable or will the dollar crash, perhaps taking the economy with it? If the problem was one of "twin deficits, " why has the external deficit continued to worsen even as the budget deficit narrowed to zero? If US companies are so intensely competitive, why does the external deficit persist? Does the external deficit represent protectionism abroad; will it lead to protectionism at home? This study seeks to answer these perennial questions about the trade deficit. Each chapter presents simple analytical frameworks as a basis for concise, succinct, and clear statements on each major issue. The last section of the book provides an outlook for the deficit and suggests alternative policy courses for dealing with it. Is the U. S. Trade Deficit Sustainable? is designed for the policymaker and general public who are interested in the US role in the world economy, but who need not be expertsin economics. It is also suited for courses in international economics, business, and international affairs.
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