When we consider economic efficiency, we take into consideration all of the activities that cause a maximization of the production of goods and services. In its most basic sense, international trade allows a country to trade beyond ...
Explain how international trade increases economic efficiency and how trade barriers and tariffs inhibit efficiency.
Supply of imports, trade restrictions and workplace efficiency
1. Suppose we refused to sell goods to any country that reduced or halted its exports to us. Who would benefit and who would lose from such retaliation? Can you suggest alternative ways to ensure import supplies? Are there any particular imported commodities that you or your firm rely on? What has happened to the supply of these imports over the years?
2. Domestic producers often base their claim for import protection in the fact that workers in country X are paid substandard wages. Is this a valid argument for protection? Can you give examples of when it did/did not work? Is there any trade restriction that the US government could impose that would have a negative/positive impact on your organization? Explain.
3. How do efficiency techniques differ in the short- versus long-run when attempting to maximize profits? What specific incentives are used in your workplace to promote efficiency? What conflicts may exist between a firm's desire to maximize profits and its ethical obligations? Can you give an example from your place of work?View Full Posting Details