Lecture by Scott Lincicome, International Trade Attorney

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Graves Hall, 112 Winants Auditorium and Gallery 263 College Avenue, Holland, MI 49423-3646

Despite the fact that free trade has provided overwhelming benefits for the majority of American families, workers, and businesses, the longstanding consensus in favor of trade has frayed and economic nationalism has re-emerged. Some of the erosion in U.S. support for trade liberalization is economic: trade’s inevitable displacement of some U.S. workers. However, a perhaps larger cause of the decline in American political support for free trade rests, ironically, with some of its most vocal advocates: politicians, wonks, and business people who try to sell new trade policies through boring data and mercantilist rhetoric, and who stubbornly refuse to confront the prevalent “free trade myths” pushed by protectionists. Mr. Lincicome with argue that, until free traders change course and adopt a more modern, comprehensive and entertaining approach to trade liberalization, protectionist policies will continue to gain ground, thus ensuring less freedom and a lower standard of living for almost all Americans.

Scott Lincicome is an international trade attorney who specializes in trade litigation, negotiations, and policy. Mr. Lincicome is also an Adjunct Scholar with the Cato Institute, where he writes on international economic policy and politics, and a Senior Visiting Lecturer at Duke University Law School, where he teaches courses on international trade law. Since 2007, Mr. Lincicome has advised members of Congress, as well as presidential and congressional campaigns, on international trade and economic issues. Mr. Lincicome has a BA in Political Science from the University of Virginia and a JD from the University's School of Law. He routinely appears or is quoted in the media and has written several studies for Cato and other organizations on U.S. trade law and policy.  His most recent Cato Institute paper, “Doomed to Repeat It: The Long History of America’s Protectionist Failures,” was published in August 2017 and documents the high costs and failed objectives of past U.S. attempts to restrict foreign trade.

This lecture, co-sponsored by Markets & Morality, the Pre-Law Society, and Economics and Business, is free and open to the public.

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