Everything You Know about International Trade Is Wrong: A Presentation and Refutation of Ten Pervasive Trade Myths

A special Cato Trade on Campus presentation

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Dinner)

Texas A&M University
Memorial Student Center (MSC) 1400
College Station, Texas


Thanks to misleading media coverage, opportunistic politicians, and intensive lobbying campaigns of groups that benefit by limiting economic choices, Americans are badly misinformed about the benefits of trade. They think:

  • Trade is a competition between “Us” and Them.”
  • The trade deficit means America is losing at trade.
  • Free trade only benefits big corporations and the rich.
  • Trade and globalization killed U.S. manufacturing.
  • Foreign outsourcing hurts the U.S. economy.

Learn from Daniel Ikenson, Director of the Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, why these and other pervasive myths about trade are wrong and why embracing trade and globalization is essential to America’s future.