US Mercantilism Is Not Good For The Trade Deficit

Mercantilism is a relatively out of date economic theory which was popular in the 16th to 18th centuries. Mercantilism is a form of economic nationalism, and theorists believed that the amount of wealth in the world is static and trade is a zero-sum game, where one country’s gain is another country’s loss.

Mercantilists also believed that trade surpluses are a sign of strength while deficits are a sign of weakness and manufacturing output as well as jobs have a special importance in the economy, making them . . .

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