March 7, 2017

28. Is Trump right about currency manipulation? (preview)

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In this edition of the Debunking Economics podcast we test Donald Trump’s accusations that China, Japan and Germany are manipulating their currencies – something he hates, of course, because it makes it harder for him to achieve his aim, of returning the US to a positive balance of trade. It’s a big undertaking. Is he right that these countries have an unfair advantage over the US and, if so, will a tariff barrier really rectify the problem, or just start a trade war?

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