Trade, Jobs, and Politics: Why Do Americans Think The U.S. Is Losing When It Is Actually Winning?

Politicians on both the political left and the political right have been attacking and demanding the renegotiation of trade agreements. The assumption behind these attacks seems to be that the rules of the international trade system are harmful to the United States. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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