Comparative advantage explains why people trade and what goods they should trade. To illustrate the concept of comparative advantage, we ask: Should Martha Stewart iron her own shirts? Even if Martha Stewart has an absolute advantage in ironing shirts, her opportunity cost is simply too high! We’ll go over the concepts of absolute advantage and opportunity cost in depth using more examples, too.
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In his conclusion all I think he is saying is that trade due to comparative advantage does not guarantee that every individual will be better off. It's just that, looking at the bigger picture, more people are better off than are worse off, and that's what makes it worth it.
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