International Trade

Do Bilateral Trade Deficits Matter? (VIDEO)

By and ·September 4, 2019
Fletcher School, Tufts University and Harvard University
This conversation was recorded on August 1, 2019.

With the ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and China, Michael Klein, Executive Editor of EconoFact, and Marc Melitz (Harvard) discuss why the difference between the value of goods imported and exported between one country and another should not be a central

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Should the United States Try to Weaken the Dollar?

By and ·August 5, 2019
The Fletcher School, Tufts University and University of California, Berkeley

The Issue:

U.S. political leaders from President Trump to Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren see the dollar’s current strength as a drag on the American economy. A strong dollar makes U.S. goods more expensive in foreign markets while at the same time making it more difficult for U.S. producers

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The Politics of Manufacturing Decline

By , and ·July 30, 2019
University of California, San Diego, Harvard University, and Georgetown University

County colors represent:

 Red Greater than median of vote shift, and greater than median of job loss.
 Pink Greater than median of vote shift, and less than median of job loss.
Light Blue Less than median of vote shift, and greater than median of job loss.
Dark Blue Less
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Is China Weakening the Yuan to Fight U.S. Tariffs? (UPDATE)

By ·July 11, 2019
Fletcher School, Tufts University

The Issue:

The yuan has declined in value against the dollar by about 9 percent since the Spring of 2018. A weaker yuan tends to make Chinese goods cheaper in the United States and would partially offset the tariffs that the Trump administration is imposing on Chinese imports. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

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The Link Between the Shift in Politics and Globalization (VIDEO)

By and ·May 30, 2019
Harvard University and The Fletcher School, Tufts University
This conversation was recorded on December 5, 2018.

The Issue:

The 2016 election was unique in that — for the first time in 75 years — candidates from both political parties, Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders, ran for their party's nomination on platforms that were explicitly hostile to international

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The Costs of Tariffs in the U.S.-China Trade War

By ·May 14, 2019
University of California, Davis

The Issue:

The tariff war imposes costs on U.S. consumers, firms, and farms. As trade tensions between the United States and China escalate with increasing tariff rates and a broadening set of goods subject to fees, costs of the spat are likely to rise. But determining who bears the bulk of these costs can be complicated.

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The Mexican Border and U.S. Trade: What Would Be the Impact of a Border Closure?

By and ·April 13, 2019
University of California, Davis and University of Minnesota

(Click here for state by state sales to Mexico.)

The Issue:

Recently, the Trump Administration proposed closing the U.S. border with Mexico. The United States has strong economic ties with Mexico and such an action could have ripple effects across the country. Concerns about the possibility of a closure following

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