(Due to protectionist measures)Domestic sellers don't have an incentive to enhance efficiency and lower their prices, and under such conditions, consumers eventually pay more for products and services they could receive from foreign competitors.
Which one does it mean?
a) Consumers are now paying more for domestically-made products. But they could've bought them more cheaply from foreign companies if there were no protectionist measures.
b) Consumers are now buying the more expensive, foreign-made products.
Any insights would be appreciated.