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Anti-Dumping Laws

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Anti-Dumping Laws. The U.S. antidumping law enjoys broad political support in part because so few people understand how the law actually works. Its rhetoric of ?fairness? and ?level playing fields? sounds appealing, and its convoluted technical complexities prevent all but a few insiders and experts from understanding the reality that underlies that rhetoric. In this study Brink Lindsey and Dan Ikenson seek to penetrate the fog of complexity that shields the antidumping law from the scrutiny it deserves. They identify the many methodological quirks and biases that allow normal, healthy competition to be stigmatized as ?unfair? and punished with often cripplingly high antidumping duties. The conclusion they draw is that the antidumping law, as it currently stands, has nothing to do with maintaining a ?level playing field.? Instead, antidumping?s primary function is to provide an elaborate excuse for old-fashioned protectionism. "Antidumping 101: The Devilish Details of "Unfair Trade" Law" is published by the Cato Institute.

 

By Cato Institute, US.

International Trade Policy Resource.