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What is Free Trade?

Free trade is an issue of great importance for those in business and consumers around the world. It refers to the right to sell goods and services around the world without any hindrance. With free trade the only thing determining the price of things will be supply and demand factors. As well as goods and services, free trade can also refer to the ability of labor to move freely around the world. The issue of free trade is a highly contentious one, and both sides of the debate can provide persuasive arguments for their position.

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What is a Tariff?

The word ‘Tariff’ is Arabic in origin and it basically means ‘that fees need to be paid’. When we use the word ‘tariff’ in economics we are referring to a tax that is placed on imported goods, but it can apply to exported goods as well. There are a number of good reasons why a tariff might be placed on goods, but there are economists who argue against the use of this type of tax – they see it as interfering in the free market.

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The Best International Economics Books to Learn International Economics

International economics is a fascinating subject. It is quite amazing to see how the world economies are interrelated. It could be said that an understanding of this international influence is vital for anyone who wants to get to grips with the subject of economics. This is a subject that affects everyone on the planet because we all take part in this global economy. There have been many great books written on this subject and here are just a few of the best titles currently available.

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Currency Exchange Rates and How They Are Determined or Calculated?

You will likely have noticed that currency exchange rates don’t tend to be static; in fact they can vary greatly from day to day. Some people actually use the fluctuation currency exchange rates as a means to make a profit; buying at one rate and selling at another. You may be wondering though, how exactly are these currency rates decided in the first place. Who decides how much a dollar is worth when compared to the Euro? You may also be asking yourself why they just don’t pick an exchange rate and just stick with it; instead of this constant fluctuation.

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