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February 5, 2018

A deep dive into the effects of trade

MIT economist David Atkin looks beneath the surface of global commerce.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office

Take a moment to consider what the following facts have in common. In India, migrants from within the country continue to consume the favored foods of their home regions — even though the relatively high prices mean they eat less. In Mexico, more 9th graders drop out of school when a local manufacturing plant opens to export goods. And in Egypt, rug weavers earn 20 percent more in profits when orders come from foreign buyers. Three countries, three quite different issues. What are the links?