Academic Consortium on International Trade
This group is no longer active.
This page and its links are no longer kept up to date.
ACIT is a group of academic economists and lawyers who are specialized in international
trade policy and international economic law. ACIT's purpose is to prepare and
circulate policy statements and papers that deal with important, current issues
of international trade policy. Writings by members of our group can be found through
the following link:
On this page we also post other items that may be of interest regarding international
trade policy, including both other writings and other sites that provide information
and opinions for and against "free trade."*
*These include writings by scholars and other commentators
that we think contribute usefully to debate on trade issues. But we also include
other items, with which we may strongly disagree but that lay out views that need
to be addressed. We also include links to a variety of other official and unofficial
sites and documents regarding trade, for ease of access by ourselves and others.
At the admitted risk of further polarizing the debate, we attempt to categorize
these links in terms of their "pro" and "anti" free-trade orientation, which we
take as shorthand for their attitudes toward a variety of aspects of international
economic integration. We realize that many of these writers have nuanced views
and would object to being pigeonholed in this way, but for ease of navigating
this mass of material we think that this classification is useful nonetheless.
(For several months here, we used the labels "pro-trade" and "anti-trade." In
spite of our disclaimer, we received objections to the label "anti-trade" from
some who felt that this mistakenly characterized their own views. The current
terms, "pro-free-trade" and "anti-free-trade," are surely no less simplistic,
but perhaps they distort the actual views on the two sides more equally.)
ACIT Steering Committee:
Robert E. Baldwin, University of Wisconsin
Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia University
Alan V. Deardorff, University of Michigan
T.N. Srinivasan, Yale University
Robert M. Stern, University of Michigan