International Trade

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

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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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Is China Weakening the Yuan to Fight U.S. Tariffs?

By ·August 7, 2018
Fletcher School, Tufts University

The Issue:

The Chinese currency has declined in value against the dollar by over 7 percent since mid-May. This lowers the cost of Chinese exports to the United States and could help counteract the effect of United States tariffs that would make imports from China more expensive. The Trump administration has interpreted ...
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What is the Problem of Forced Technology Transfer in China?

By ·August 3, 2018
Carnegie Mellon University and Peterson Institute for International Economics

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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