Skip to:
  1. Main navigation
  2. Main content
  3. Footer
Economic Commentary

The Mythology of Domestic Content

The virtue of free trade is one concept that nearly every economist advocates. With free trade, a nation can produce the goods and services for which it has a comparative advantage and trade for the goods and services that it is less suited to manufacture domestically. Via profits, specialization channels limited economic resources into industries that use those resources most efficiently. Prices of domestic and imported goods and services will consequently fall, while total consumption and investment will increase. In essence, free trade raises the wealth of all nations that embrace it.

The views authors express in Economic Commentary are theirs and not necessarily those of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland or the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The series editor is Tasia Hane. This paper and its data are subject to revision; please visit for updates.

Suggested Citation

Bryan, Michael F. 1983. “The Mythology of Domestic Content.” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 6/20/1983.

This work by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International