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Expert Advice: Free-Trade Benefits Must Be Sold, Not Imposed

Helping workers who lose out will be key to rebuilding support.

Without trade deals, the losers would pile up.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Free trade is broadly positive for the U.S. economy, though not everyone benefits. Economist Tyler Cowen, a Bloomberg View columnist, and Robert Zoellick, a former U.S. trade representative, talk to View editor Paula Dwyer about improving the outlook for future free-trade deals by helping workers left behind. This is a lightly edited summary of the second part of their Aug. 12 conversation. Part 1 considered the effects on Apple and Wal-Mart if Donald Trump's trade policies were in force. The complete transcript is available here

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