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September/October 2004, 
Vol. 86, No. 5
Posted 2004-09-01

Free Trade: Why Are Economists and Noneconomists So Far Apart?

by William Poole

There's a wide gap between economists' and the public's opinions of free trade: The vast majority of economists is for it, while a strong majority of the general public is against it. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President Bill Poole explains the gap and how diligent journalists can help close it.