Four critiques of contemporary comparative advantage: transforming individual gains to the nation state; sanitizing Ricardo's classical doctrine; the lack of historical context; and environmental consequences.
|Keywords:||Comparative Advantage, Mutual gains from trade, Historical debates about trade, David Ricardo, Energy Return on Investment, Global Income Distribution|
Kent Klitgaard is currently a professor of economics at Wells College in Aurora, New York, USA. He teaches a wide variety of classes, but is most interested in ecological economics, macroeconomic sustainability, the history of economic thought, and Geographic Information Systems based analysis of his local watershed. His next academic project is an ecological footprint of the drainage basin of Cayuga Lake in Central New York. He holds a BA from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. Most recently he has been a visiting research scholar at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he has been studying energy issues and writing about the myths of neoclassical economics with colleagues. Kent is a long time environmental activist and former union representative for the California Faculty Association. He is the father of two teenage children who he is trying to teach to live within the biophysical limits of the planet, hopefully by example.
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