Why Don't Trade Preferences Reflect Economic Self-Interest?

  title={Why Don't Trade Preferences Reflect Economic Self-Interest?},
  author={Sun-Hee Rho and Michael Tomz},
  journal={International Organization},
  pages={S85 - S108}
Abstract The dominant approach to the study of international political economy assumes that the policy preferences of individuals and groups reflect economic self-interest. Recent research has called this assumption into question by suggesting that voters do not have economically self-interested preferences about trade policy. We investigate one potential explanation for this puzzling finding: economic ignorance. We show that most voters do not understand the economic consequences of… 
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