O the benefits of international free trade outweigh the costs?

You are required to compose an essay that is no more than 2000 words long on one of the topics given below. Along with each topic, a list of articles from King and King (2005) are given. In order to pass this section of the course, you must reference each of these articles in your essay. Any other reference material sourced must be from scholarly journals (for example, articles that can be accessed via Econlit or Science Direct).

To do well (credit or above) on the essay, you will need to demonstrate good generic skills. This will involve: a discussion focused on the specific essay question; coherent, critical and concise argument that employs economic thinking and analysis; an ability to understand the lecture and textbook material and weave this into your argument. You do not need many additional references to do well on the essay i.e. evidence of clever thinking is what I am looking for. Aim for a well-structured presentation that includes an abstract, an introduction that identifies the purpose and focus of the essay, a conclusion that draws the argument together and correct referencing. The essay should be
double spaced and typed on one side of the paper.

TOPICS

1. Do the benefits of international free trade outweigh the costs? Discuss.

Feenstra, R . (1992),  How Costly is Protectionism? in King and King, eds, (2005),
International Economics and International Economics Policy: A Reader, 4th ed.,
Boston, Irwin McGraw-Hill, ch.1, pp.208-229.

Rodrik, D. (2002),  Trading in Illusions in King and King, eds, (2005), International
Economics and International Economics Policy: A Reader, 4th ed., Boston, Irwin
McGraw-Hill, ch.15, pp.184-190.

World Bank (2002),  The New Wave of Globalization and its Economic Effects in King
and King, eds, (2005), International Economics and International Economics
Policy: A Reader, 4th ed., Boston, Irwin McGraw-Hill, ch.18, pp.3-18.