Lee Branstetter
HEINZ COLLEGE, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY. Professor Of Economics And Public Policy. Research interests include the economics of technological innovation, international economics, industrial organization, and economic growth in East Asia, with a particular focus on China and Japan

What is the Problem of Forced Technology Transfer in China?

August 3, 2018

The Issue:

Much of the focus of the Trump administration's trade dispute with China has centered on the size of the U.S. bilateral trade deficit. Most economists agree that this focus is misdirected, and that the existence or size of bilateral trade deficits should not generally be a matter of concern or a target ...
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Will Paul Ryan’s Tax Reform Set Off a Trade War?

April 6, 2017

The Issue:

Many international economists and legal scholars believe that the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) at the core of the corporate tax reform plan pushed by House Speaker Paul Ryan violates World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.  If the U.S. implements this plan, America’s trading partners can – and probably ...
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Looking for Export Growth in All the Wrong Places

March 29, 2017

The Issue:

President Trump’s trade team says it is committed to improving America’s competitiveness in global markets. But nearly all the emphasis so far has been on trade in manufactured goods, in which the nation runs a large deficit.
The focus on manufacturing ignores America’s significant strength in
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