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Why Limiting Textile Imports Would Hurt Americans

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Publication Date: September 1985

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Edward L. Hudgins

Topic: Manufacturing and industry (Clothing and textile industry)
Trade (Export-import trade)

Keywords: Trade and foreign aid

Type: Report


History shows that the manufacture of textiles is highly suited to emergent economies undergoing rapid industrialization with low labor costs. If the U.S. is to retain a large textile industry, it thus must encourage technical innovation to boost American productivity. Import controls will only slow down this necessary process, while damaging the economies of countries that are essential markets for U.S. exports.