Focus on International Trade

Focus on International Trade

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On February 28, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a working paper which found that Chinese import competition encouraged European companies to engage in increased technological innovation.

In a February 19 commentary, economist Ivan Cherkashin and others argued that granting trade preferences to developing countries is a very powerful form of foreign aid that is mutually beneficial.

On February 1, the Congressional Research Service issued an updated report on trade agreements and their impact on the economy.

In a January 28 commentary, economist Richard Baldwin urged completion of the Doha Round of trade talks this year.

On January 19, the Department of Commerce published new data on the trade deficit adjusted for the impact of foreign subsidiaries of U.S.-based multinational corporations. They show that the inclusion of receipts by foreign affiliates reduced the trade deficit in 2009 to $123 billion from $375 billion.

On January 7, the Congressional Research Service published a report on trade issues in the 112th Congress.

On January 5, the CRS published a report on the recently enacted trade agreement between the European Union and South Korea and its implications for the U.S.

On December 20, the Institute for the Study of Labor published a study examining workers’ perceptions of the impact of trade on their job prospects. It finds that trade plays almost no role even among workers in industries vulnerable to international competition.

On December 14, the Asian Development Bank Institute published a working paper which illustrated how trade accounting conventions exacerbate the U.S.-China trade deficit using the iPhone as an illustration.

On December 13, the CRS updated its periodic report on trade sanctions against Iran.

I last posted items on this topic on December 16.

Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He blogs daily and writes a weekly column  at The Fiscal Times. Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House. He is the author of seven books including the New York Times best-seller, Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy (Doubleday, 2006).

Bruce Bartlett’s columns focus on the intersection of politics and economics. The author of seven books, he worked in government for many years and was senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.